New York City taxpayers are giving roughly $200,000 annually to the nonprofit Drag Story Hour (DSH) which puts on shows for children of all ages, as young as three years old. National Review reports that that the New York City chapter receives the annual funds “appropriated by the New York City council and the New Yok Public Library.”
DSH holds events in over a whopping 200 locations across New York City alone, including many public schools and libraries. “The lessons feature men and women dressed as the opposite gender reading books, making crafts, and singing songs.”
Democratic lawmakers claim DSH NYC is an opportunity for children as young as three years old to engage with the “play of gender fluidity in childhood” and to learn about “love” in a “safe space.”
New York City mayor Eric Adams said of the organization, “Drag storytellers, and the libraries and schools that support them, are advancing a love of diversity, personal expression, and literacy that is core to what our city embraces.”
Democratic New York representative Carolyn B. Maloney promoted DSH as an example of “well-rounded education” on Twitter. “Across the country, books are being banned, which are depriving our nation’s youth,” Maloney wrote. “But thanks to @NYPL and programs like Drag Queen story hour, NYC’s next generation are getting a well rounded education about LGBTQ+ issues and gender identity.”
One of the nonprofit’s biggest performers is of Oliver Herface, who also goes by Angel Izaguirre. Herface’s social-media accounts “are replete with nudity and other sexually explicit content” writes National Review. “A quick Google search, however, reveals that his public social-media accounts predominantly feature him striking sexual poses while performing in a thong with his breasts exposed.”
Naturally, the bio for Herface on the DSH website is nothing but subdued and sweet, calling him a “drag king” and a former “day care teacher” who has a “passion for working with children and education about what it means to be queer and trans.”
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Department of Education Office of Civil Rights opens investigation into Harvard University
On Tuesday the United States Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights opened an investigation into Harvard University in order to determine if the school has fulfilled legal obligation to respond to the increase in antisemitic incidents after Hamas’ brutal attack on Israel on October 7th.
The university agreed to cooperate with the investigation in a statement issued Wednesday. “We support the work of the Office for Civil Rights to ensure students’ rights to access educational programs are safeguarded and will work with the office to address their questions,” the statement read.
The DOE has also opened investigations into Columbia University, Cornell University, Wellesley College, and the University of Pennsylvania this month over “discrimination involving shared ancestry” under Title VI.
the investigation was prompted after a complaint which stated Harvard “discriminated against students on the basis of their national origin (shared Jewish ancestry and/or Israeli) when it failed to respond appropriately to reports of incidents of harassment,”
National Review reports that while the Office of Civil Rights does not typically disclose which specific complaints prompted an investigation, there have been several high-profile incidents of antisemitism at Harvard and other Ivy league universities in recent weeks.
Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman sent an open letter to Harvard president Claudine Gay earlier this month which cited the confrontation at the “die-in” and urged her to take action to protect Jewish students.
“Jewish students are being bullied, physically intimidated, spat on, and in several widely-disseminated videos of one such incident, physically assaulted,” Mr. Ackman wrote. “On-campus protesters on the Widener Library steps and elsewhere shout, ‘Intifada! Intifada! Intifada! From the River to the Sea, Palestine Shall be Free!’”
Harvard President Claudine Gay released a statement about “combatting antisemitism” on November 9:
“I affirm our commitment to protecting all members of our community from harassment and marginalization, and our commitment to meeting antisemitism head-on, with the determination it demands,” Gay said. “Let me reiterate what I and other Harvard leaders have said previously: Antisemitism has no place at Harvard.”
Among the antisemitic events that have circulated national news are how just days after the Hamas attack, a 19-year-old Columbia student was arrested for allegedly assaulting an Israeli student who was trying to prevent the suspect from tearing down posters of Israeli hostages. Also at Cornell, a 21-year-old student was arrested for allegedly threatening to murder and rape his Jewish classmates on an anonymous online message board.
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