NO drag queens in Primary Schools
At the end of February, a primary school in South London sparked outrage by inviting a drag queen to perform a show for their young pupils as part of a ‘diversity celebration week’.
The entertainer known as ‘Dolly Trolley’ dressed in thigh-high leather boots and a low-cut sequinned dress to teach children a dance routine before reading to pupils aged 5 to 9.
Parents at the school were not informed that this performer would be visiting the school and, therefore, could not withdraw their children from the event. The school has a diverse mix of cultures and religions, and consequently, many parents were horrified that their religious, moral and cultural sensitivities were not being respected and that their young children were being exposed to such sexualised content.
This is not a one-off occasion. Several primary schools across the United Kingdom seem to think that inviting drag queens to perform in front of children increases awareness and tolerance of the LGBT community, without actually considering whether or not drag acts are suitable for young viewers. In one Scottish school, a performer with the sexually suggestive and vulgar name ‘Flo-Job’, who has a sexually explicit online persona, was invited to read and perform to young children. Another drag queen Aida H Dee is regularly invited into primary schools to teach the children about ‘kindness and ‘acceptance’.
Drag Queens have long been known as a niche form of adult entertainment predominantly found in gay nightclubs. Drag queens are offensive to many and present a highly sexualised, demeaning and distorted vision of women.
Children should not be exposed to such highly sexualised and offensive content. Sign the petition to the Secretary of State for Education and the Schools’ minister demanding that they issue guidelines for schools, banning the use of drag queens and other performances of a sexualised nature.
Parents would not accept young children being shown episodes of Benny Hill or Carry on films to promote heterosexuality and values of kindness and empathy; therefore, there is no reason why drag queens should be categorised any differently.
With Pride month rapidly approaching, the Department of Education need to take prompt action.
Please sign the petition to the Secretary of State for Education and the Schools’ Minister today.