Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York reportedly shared a post on social media that encourages people to support an upcoming drag story hour event.
Journalist Andy Ngô tweeted a screenshot of a post that he said the lawmaker had shared on Instagram. The post on the Rolling Library account included slides that urged people to “defend Drag Story Hour in NYC” and “help protect queer spaces and expression under threat from the far right.” The post, which instructs people to wear a mask to the event, says, “Bring rainbow swag, non-amplified noisemakers, musical instruments, joy, and love!”
“A group of violent, loud bigots, who have repeatedly harassed and invaded these events in the city, is openly planning to disrupt the next Drag Story Hour, on Thursday, December 29, at the Jackson Heights Library in Queens,” another slide on the post states.
“Queer community members and allies will be there to show the fascists they are not welcome, but that kids and drag queens are,” it continues. “Let’s show NYC’s unwavering support for Drag Story Hour and for queer and trans people, and make a safe, encouraging, and joyful welcome for kids and their grownups as they enter the library.”
The same advertisement appears in a tweet posted on the United Against Racism and Fascism NYC Twitter account.
While many people consider events that feature cross-dressers reading stories to children to be wildly inappropriate, leftists have wholeheartedly embraced the concept.
“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,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) said in a statement earlier this year.
“I had the honor of assisting with a Drag Queen Story Hour in New York in April,” Democratic Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York tweeted in June.
Ocasio-Cortez has previously told a group of drag queens that they are “patriots.”
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