Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, a tax-funded organization in Ohio, stated on its website that it aims to "inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture." This mission explains the organization's support for the youth center, claiming that these programs are essential for fostering a more inclusive and accepting community for LGBTQ+ youth.
The youth center, in collaboration with Drag Queen Story Hour Cleveland, features popular drag performers like Sassy Sascha, Rhett Corvette, Veranda L'Ni and Zoey Zegai to read age-appropriate books with positive themes for LGBTQ+ youths. (Related: Disney+ features drag queen, grooming another superhero.)
Furthermore, the center also offers other programs like sexual health classes; a Clothing Affirmation Program (CCAP) to explore self-expression and identity; and self-defense classes for parents.
After funding the tutorial program, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture has faced criticism from conservative groups. They argue that such exposure may not be age-appropriate and could potentially confuse children about their gender identity and sexuality.
They also note that Cuyahoga Arts and Culture investments should align with traditional family and community values and reflect the beliefs of the taxpayers who fund these initiatives. "Your tax dollars are funding the grooming of kids," the Libs of TikTok tweeted.
Last April, a similar incident happened when The Young Actors' Theatre Camp hosted its first-ever weekend camp in the mountains of California, introducing kids as young as eight to the "Art of Drag." Parents, activists, and concerned citizens on social media platforms denounced the event as disturbing and inappropriate.
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