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NYC taxpayers paying for ‘Drag Story Hour’ for drag queen to interact with children

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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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Hundreds of anti-Israel Harvard students, faculty walk out of graduation ceremony

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Videos and reports circulating the internet show hundreds of Harvard University students and faculty walked out of the school’s commencement ceremony on Thursday, wearing keffiyehs and waving Palestinian flags and anti-Israel banners.

National Review reports the Harvard Out of Occupied Palestine (HOOP) coalition, which organized the university’s anti-Israel encampment, posted a video of students marching out of the area in which commencement was held on its Instagram page. The video shows students chanting “hey hey, ho ho, the occupation has got to go” and is accompanied by a caption that reads, “over a THOUSAND of Harvard students and faculty have walked out of graduation.”

Shabbos Kestenbaum, who graduated from Harvard Divinity School on Thursday and is currently involved in a lawsuit against the university over its inaction on campus antisemitism, posted a video on his X account capturing the scene in which protesters — both students and faculty — rose from their seats and walked toward the exit, chanting “let them walk” and “disclose, divest, we will not stop, we will not rest” and inviting those around them to the “People’s Commencement,” an event student activist groups organized as a substitute for Harvard’s official ceremony.

In response to a National Review comment request, Harvard’s media-relations department responded with a section of interim president Alan Garber’s welcome address during the ceremony.

“As our ceremony proceeds, some among us may choose to take the liberty of expressing themselves to draw attention to events unfolding in the wider world,” Garber said. “It is their right to do so. But it is their responsibility to do so with our community — and this occasion — in mind.”

The chants of “let them walk” referred to Harvard’s decision to withhold degrees from 13 seniors facing disciplinary action for their roles in the school’s encampment. The faculty of the university’s arts and sciences college voted in a Monday meeting to provide those 13 students with diplomas, a move the Harvard Corporation — the university’s highest governing body — rejected.

“Each of these students has been found by the College’s Administrative Board — the body established by the FAS faculty to investigate and adjudicate disciplinary matters — to have violated the University’s policies by their conduct during their participation in the recent encampment in Harvard Yard,” the Harvard Corporation said in a statement explaining the decision.

Shruthi Kumar, a graduating senior who gave an address at the commencement ceremony soon after Garber received a chorus of boos, reportedly went off script and slammed the university for its decision not to confer degrees on those 13 students. Pulling a piece of paper from her graduation regalia that was seemingly not included in her prepared and approved remarks, she professed her disapproval of Harvard leadership.

“As I stand here today, I must take a moment to recognize my peers: The 13 undergraduates in the class of 2024 that will not graduate today. I am deeply disappointed by the intolerance for freedom of speech and their right to civil disobedience on campus,” Kumar said. “The students have spoken. The faculty have spoken. Harvard, do you hear us?”

Kumar also discussed what she described as the “doxxing” of Harvard students who signed statements defending Hamas’s actions and blaming Israel for the Hamas terror attack of October 7.

“For many of us students of color, doxxing left our jobs uncertain, our safety uncertain,” Kumar said. “This semester, our freedom of speech and our expressions of solidarity became punishable, leaving our graduation uncertain.”

Kestenbaum, who testified about the antisemitic harassment he’s faced before the House Education and Workforce Committee in February, told National Review he was not surprised by the chaos at commencement.

“Today’s commencement is the natural outcome of months of failed leadership and normalized antisemitism,” said Kestenbaum, who estimated that half of his fellow divinity school graduates walked out of the ceremony. “While students and speakers made sure to interrupt, walk out, and defend their antisemitic peers, no mention of the hostages, Jewish students’ experiences at Harvard, or October 7 was made.”

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