Air Force Base Cancels 'Drag Queen Story Hour' After Avalanche of Complaints

Patrick Taylor | June 2, 2022
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The Groomer Left took another loss on Tuesday when a U.S. Air Force base in Ramstein, Germany canceled a “Drag Queen Storytime” event slated for Thursday afternoon.

The events have become a staple for radical LGBT provocateurs who insist on exposing children to sexualized content. As a result, where “drag queen story hours” have gone, a slew of controversies and condemnations have followed, whether it be in Washington, D.C., New York, or Mobile, Alabama.

Though the Ramstein event took place overseas, it would have been funded using American taxpayer dollars (and have taken place on a military base, no less) — which may have been a bridge too far even for those who believe these events should be allowed. Thus, the backlash was swift, and this time included prominent figures like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

Rubio sent a letter objecting to the event to Frank Kendall, the Secretary of the Air Force, last week, demanding he “ immediately cancel this politically divisive event, and take appropriate disciplinary action against all involved in allowing this gross abuse of taxpayer funding to place children in a sexualized environment.”

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“[I]t is completely insane for Ramstein AFB to use on-installation resources for rituals like ‘Drag Queen Story Time.’ These inappropriate events are extremely divisive at home for good reason,” he continued, “[I]n all cases, they place young children in close proximity with adults who are intentionally and explicitly sexualized.”

A day later, the event was officially canceled, and all mentions of “Drag Queen Storytime” were scrubbed from the air base’s Facebook profile.

The Air Force base claims that “[t]his decision was not based on individuals speaking out against the event or LGBTQ+ community,” though drag performer Stacey Teed was allegedly told that “an outpouring of complaints” was to blame.

Though conservatives ought to consider this a victory, it is important to remember that taxpayer-funded “drag queen story hours” are relatively common. Public libraries, including the New York Public Library system, have paid drag performers for these services on numerous occasions over the years. The same air base even held a “drag queen story hour” in 2021, according to The National Review.

June has proven to be a busy month for “drag queen story hours” so far. In celebration of “pride,” similar events are scheduled in Hoboken, N.J., Alexandria, Va., Brooklyn, N.Y., Louisville, Ky., and several other locations within the next week.

The left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is among those groups that have sought to smear anyone who disagrees with the events as white nationalists or Neo-Nazis when, in reality, many are merely concerned citizens or parents.