Bella da Ball brings the fun to Drag Queen Story Hour at Palm Springs Library. Richard Lui/The Desert Sun
Allowing your young child to listen to a story read by a drag queen — a man dressed as a woman — won’t have your son or daughter wanting to change their own sexuality, says a Royal Oak sexologist.
Simply put, transsexuality isn’t a contagious disease that your child is going to catch.
“The adults are frightened, and it’s about their prejudices,” said Dr. Joe Kort, a gender specialist and founder of The Center for Relationship and Sexual Help. “Children can handle watching a drag queen reading a story. It’s fun. It’s dress-up. They don’t get confused when they do this.”
Kort said opposition to such story times is “a scare tactic. It’s panicdotal.”
“I think the bigger harm is not exposing children to this,” he said.
“When children don’t see this modeled, prejudice develops. They never have exposure to it,” he said, adding that when children run into this later in life, they may have a “disgust response, prejudicial, judgmental.”
The Huntington Woods Public Library has come fire from outside groups for its Drag Queen Story Time program. Two out-of-state groups, that are promising to protest at the next event on Saturday, say it’s immoral and being used to “indoctrinate children into the LGBT culture.”
Kort said that’s simply not true — children will not want to be transsexual after attending Drag Queen Story Time.
For children who may be confused or wonder if they are that way, too, Kort said: “My answer to that is, ‘What’s wrong with that? What’s wrong with a child questioning and having more options for themselves?’ “
He added that kids “are already gender fluid.”
“Gender is variant and diverse and fluid. That’s what the teens are teaching us and that’s where the culture is going,” Kort said.
What about inquisitive children, who may ask lots of questions?
“The danger is when the child doesn’t speak up, and the parent doesn’t say anything,” Kort said. “It’s the parents’ silence.”
Kort said he believes the library is offering education conversation and that a drag queen story hour is “not like a contagious, adversarial thing it’s being presented as” by opponents.
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