In conjunction with Galveston’s gay pride celebration, drag queens throughout the month will read to children and their parents at Rosenberg Library.

On Friday, Audrey Davenport read “From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea” by Kai Cheng Thom and Kai Yun Ching and “Julián Is a Mermaid” by Jessica Love.

The books touch on understanding differences of others, accepting ourselves and loving everyone despite our distinctions.

Gulf Pride for Youth will be hosting three more drag queen story hours today, June 23 and June 30, all at 1:30 p.m. at Rosenberg Library.

Pride Galveston will host events this weekend with a beach bash at East Beach and a block party near 23rd Street Station on Saturday. All events can be found at www.pridegalveston.com.

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Randy Chapman

Why is the term "drag queens" important? Why can't they just be people reading to kids? Ridiculous.

Paul Hyatt

They have to force their way choice of life upon the rest of the world.

Jim Forsythe

Commit to Randy

Jim Forsythe

If they did not disclose it up front and allow the Parents, Grandparents to decide if they were Ok with this arrangement people would be ok with that? Full discloser upfront is important, so no one can say, I did not know.
If the drag queen story hours was terminated what would take it's place?
For the ones against the drag queen story hours, please let me know when you will be reading to the kids, so I can bring my Grandkids.
Just the commits below show why discloser upfront is important. Just a few of the commits,"That man is wearing a DRESS!" about a Mummer,sick ideas,choice of life upon the rest of the world.
I do not think most of the Mummers are drag queens and this would have been a good time for this Parent to explain why a Mummer dresses the way they do.

If the following is import for your kids to know, you may want to go, if not stay home.
"The books touch on understanding differences of others, accepting ourselves and loving everyone despite our distinctions. "


George Croix

Great headline. Just another reason to wish wife would give up this rag.

Carlos Ponce

"Drag Queen Story Hour" in Rosenberg Library - Oy Vey!
Reminds me of the Mardi Gras Parade in Galveston one year. The Hitchcock band was marching behind the Philadelphia Mummers. A little girl saw the Mummers on Seawall Boulevard and looked to her mother and said "Mommie, mommie! That man is wearing a DRESS!" The look on her face was not one of delight, not one of curiosity but one of HORROR. The mother just shook her head.

Raymond Lewis

When the Mummers wearing dresses??

Raymond Lewis

Oops. When did the Mummers start wearing dresses??

Carlos Ponce

The little girl viewed the elaborate costumes as "dresses"

Jim Forsythe

Philadelphia Mummers
By 1900, these groups formed part of an organized, city-sanctioned parade with cash prizes for the best performances.About 15,000 mummers now perform in the parade each year. They are organized into four distinct types of troupes: Comics, Fancies, String Bands, and Fancy Brigades. All dress in Elaborate Costumes. There is a Mummers Museum dedicated to the history of Philadelphia Mummers.

timothy spencer

Galveston should be really proud of this. Now they are using a public library to promote their sick ideas to innocent children.

Rusty Schroeder

I am speechless, Drag Queen Story Hour. If the kids want to come to Santa Fe I will be more than happy to let them feed carrots to Ricky Bobby, pet the cows, and feed the chickens and gather their eggs. If lucky they might see a chick hatched, but getting books read to them by drag queens,,,,, I agree with George.

Jim Forsythe

No one is being forced to be read too, by drag queens.
If you do not want to be part of the reading, do not go.

Just as Galveston has many gay bars and clubs, it also has many gay volunteers.

George Croix

That's true.
Just don't go.
There's always that, for sure.
But being an old far..fellow....I am amazed at what people will just pretend is normal so they don't offend anybody, or because 'tolerant' has become an excuse to accept anything.
By now, I should be immune to it.....

Rusty Schroeder

Jim, your right, but men that dress up like women flamboyantly is my perception of a drag queen. I have gay friends, wouldn't have a problem in the least of them reading, teaching, or doing anything a normal adult does with children. But the title drag queens leads me to question what we are accepting as normal in this country anymore. I don't consider myself an old flatulence maker, but come on, I could definitely give you some groups the library would deny reading to children,,,just sayin'

Carlos Ponce

Agreed. I think what some fail to recognize is that "cross dressers" are not the same as "drag queens".

Jim Forsythe

"Title a drag queens leads me to question what we are accepting as normal"
Rusty, depends on the groups that is in your circle. In the Galveston, Houston area we have many drag queens and shows .
I worked with a man that was a drag queen , and most other people did not know it.
George, do not ask, as I will not tell.

History of drag queens.
Another term drag queen is female impersonator
In the late 1800s to the mid-1900s, pantomime dames became a popular form of female impersonation in Europe
Development of the drag queen in the United States started with the development of the blackface minstrel show.
While the "wenches" were purely American creations, the drag"prima donnas" were inspired by both America and European cross-dressing shows, like Shakespearean actors and castrati.

This maybe is where the idea of Galveston Drag Queen Story Hour came from.
In December 2015, Radar Productions and Michelle Tea developed the concept of "Drag Queen Story Hour".
Launched at the San Francisco Public Library, Drag Queen Story Hour was adopted by the Brooklyn Public Library in the summer of 2016, and has since traveled to various libraries, museums, bookstores, and recreation centers, and parks across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom

Galveston has several drag shows at different locations.
A drag show is an entertainment consisting of a variety of songs, monologues or skits featuring either single performers or groups of performers in drag meant to entertain an audience. They range from amateur performances at small bars to elaborately staged theatrical presentations. Many drag shows feature performers singing or lip-synching to songs while performing a pre-planned pantomime, or dancing.

Carlos Ponce

"Another term drag queen is female impersonator'
Not quite. A female impersonator TRIES to look like like a female. A "drag queen" dressed flamboyant, exaggerates female features and goes overboard on hair and makeup.
Jim Bailey was a famous female impersonator. Also think of Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire".
RuPaul is a drag queen. So is Divine.

Jim Forsythe

If you look at the history of drag queens you will see drag queens evolved from the blackface minstrel show.
If you look at the clip at the top of the story, it has Audrey Davenport reading to kids. Audrey is not all glammed but nicely dressed and still a drag queen. Otherwise it would be " Story Hour with a female impersonator"
There are many kinds of drag artists and they vary greatly in dedication, from professionals who have starred in films to people who just try it once, or those who simply prefer clothing and makeup that is usually worn by the opposite sex in their culture. Drag queens can vary widely by class and culture. Other drag performers include drag kings, women who perform in male roles and attire; faux queens, who are women who dress in an exaggerated style to emulate drag queens; and faux kings, who are men who dress to impersonate drag kings.

Carlos Ponce

Jim posts: "drag queens evolved from the blackface minstrel show."
"Blackface was and is a form of theatrical make-up used predominantly by non-black performers to represent a caricature of a black person. The practice gained popularity during the 19th century and contributed to the spread of racial stereotypes such as the "happy-go-lucky darky on the plantation" or the 'dandified coon' ".
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackface
So therefore: "Drag Queen" is a form of theatrical make-up used predominantly by non-female performers to represent a caricature of a woman.
And the public library is promoting this?
To me it seems like "drag queens" demean women with the exaggerated female features, excessive makeup and outlandish clothing. That's entertainment?

Jim Forsythe

"So therefore: "Drag Queen" is a form of theatrical make-up used predominantly by non-female performers to represent a caricature of a woman" .Wrong,
No one is going to be in black face. If you go to a drag show in Galveston, no one is going to be in black face. The part that is used from the minstrel shows, is the dancing and singing. Just as with any type of entertainment , it's roots come from many places with little parts of each .

Carlos Ponce

Wrong, Jim?
"Drag Queen" is a form of theatrical make-up - TRUE
used predominantly by non-female performers- TRUE
to represent a caricature of a woman" .- TRUE
Do you know any REAL women who look and dress like "Drag Queens"in real life? I'm not talking about comediennes and actresses here.
Do white actors still use black face? Ever heard of Jimmy Kimmel?????
http://www.pacificpundit.com/2018/05/29/abc-values-jimmy-kimmel-in-blackface/

Jim Forsythe


""Drag Queen" is a form of the theatrical make-"- TRUE" if you are talking about when they preform, they use it as any actors, drag Kings and artist do.
"used predominantly by non-female performers- " Drag Kings use theatrical make-up as much as drag queens. https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=drag+king+makeup&qpvt=drag+king+makeup&FORM=IGRE
Do you know any REAL women who look and dress like "Drag Queens"in real life? Yes
"Do white actors still use black face? Ever heard of Jimmy Kimmel?????" he is not a drag queen.

Carlos Ponce

Never posted Jimmy Kimmel was a drag queen, only that he was in black face. Uou are getting confused again, Jim.
And you know real women who look like drag queens. I'm glad I don't hang out in your circle.

Jim Forsythe

I know people from each of the following groups. All very nice people, but living the way they want.
If you have never been to a comicon ,then you do not know some of the people that live that life.
Some people work Renaissance Festival's, and live that life.
Some women have had surgery to look like famous people, also men.
Some women dress like drag queens that are on stage , all the time.
https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=women+who+dress+as+drag+queens&qpvt=woman+who+dress+as+drag+queens&FORM=IGRE
You are the one that talked about "Do white actors still use black face? Ever heard of Jimmy Kimmel" while we were talking about drag queens.

Carlos Ponce

Jim Forsythe posts "You are the one that talked about 'Do white actors still use black face? Ever heard of Jimmy Kimmel' while we were talking about drag queens."
BUT Jim Forsythe was the one who FIRST brought up "Blackface", YESTERDAY!
Jim Forsythe Jun 9, 2018 10:23pm
"If you look at the history of drag queens you will see drag queens evolved from the blackface minstrel show."

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Rusty Schroeder

So if drag queens derived from the blackface minstrel shows, then what days will the library be allowing performers in blackface their story hour with kids? Not making light Jim and yes Audrey is dressed nicely, but blackface story hour at the library will NEVER be a headline grabber in the Daily News. People all across the US would be here demonstrating how racist Galveston was/is. I am confused to say the least, the last 5 years with all the transgender controversy this just seems another way to get away from labeling this just that. Is Audrey transgender? If so, guessing that would be a little more controversial, so we call it drag queen and it's considered a respectful lounge act. I got a hungry donkey waiting on his carrots, guess I will go ask him, if I'm lucky maybe one of the cows might chime in. Having said that, I did have a cow named Trump, maybe I'm on to something :) :) :)

Jim Forsythe

Rusty, blackface minstrel shows is part of where drag shows came from, and the part that is used now is the minstrel shows part.
Being a drag queen and being transgender are too different things. Maybe this will help.
"There are also performers who prefer to be called "gender illusionists" who do blur the line between transgender and drag queen. Generally transgender performers do not consider themselves to be drag queens and drag queens don't consider themselves to be illusionists, but, as with everything, there are exceptions."

George Croix

Looks like a whole bunch of explanations and excuses have to be posited to justify what to any normal person would be an abnormal thing.
I'll let my grandkids get their 'illusions' from Songe Bob and Santa and the 2 bucks the Tooth Fairy leaves and not from some guy dressed up like a woman while so many pretend that's a perfectly normal thing to do.
Time enough later to find out just how insane and upside down this world has become, all in the name of 'tolerance', demanded by people with none of it of their own......
If that offends anyone, I don't care.....

Jim Forsythe

George, have you ever watched Sponge Bob Square Pants.
If you watch it, you may decide not to let your Grandchildren watch it. None of mine are allowed to watch it. This is taking that Songe Bob is Sponge Bob Square Pants.

George Croix

I can almost...almost...quote the dialogue for each and every show, Jim. I just can't type worth squat....or find any reason to care that I can't....
I've heard the various polarized opinions say the animated cartoons are everything from Marxist to Patriot, and all in between. I think a couple of 'satan worshipper' comments got in there somewhere, too....perhaps the most prevalent has been the 'racist' and 'lack of diversity' crap that is de rigueur these days.
Part of my interaction with the kids in my family is to try to instill in them the difference between reality and fantasy, and time that to, well, a time when they can be expected to NOT believe that a sponge can be run over by a steamroller operating at the bottom of the ocean, and survive....[beam][beam].
So far, they just enjoy the illusion of choreographed absurdities, and are not on their own por expected to discern in a deeper meaning or even question how a starfish can eat an ice cream cone....
I'd rather they watch a month of Sponge bob than I minute of CNN - although BOTH are totally fake....[wink][smile]

What's your take?
Your opinion is always important to me.

Jim Forsythe

George below is from a mother of a 4 year old. I had the same take after I watched it. I was ok with Sponge Bob until my kids said that my Grandkids could not watch I changed my mind after I watch a show, I agreed with them. The following are 2 parents reviews and the reasons they don't let their kids watch. I agree with both the parents below. We now watch shows like Magic School Bus, Word Power and such.
First parent.
My daughter came home from daycare saying that if you eat a bee you'll die because they put a bee in a krabby patty and fed it to someone and they died. After some research I've decided she probably saw the "Nasty Patty" episode where they feed the health inspector a krabby patty which has toe nail clippings, has been dropped in the toilet and cleaned with a dirty sock and a fly happens to get in his mouth and he chokes on it. While the inspector is choking they are saying "Watch him suffer". They then decide to bury the body so they don't go to jail. Now granted, the inspector isn't really dead, just unconscious, but this is NOT something I want my 4 year old watching for entertainment. I have not seen the episode personally (nor do I intend to), but it sounds AWFUL (I read the entire transcript) and inappropriate for younger children. It's more than just explaining to a child not to use certain language the characters use. I certainly should not be in a position where I'm telling my 4 year old that she should be burying a body in the yard or feeding gross and nasty things to people!
a review from another parent.
I.E. "SpongeBob doesn't have any hair... or does he? "/The 13 naughty words/"Patrick, your genius is showing! " (Covers crotch) "Where? "/"Doubloons! Don't drop them! "/"Let's get naked! " "No, let's save that for when we're selling real estate!"
Nowadays the only ones I can think of are the d**k joke in SB vs. the Big One, the gay joke in 20,000 Patties, and the suicide jokes in OCM and AYHN, all of which are too stupid to qualify as either "adult" or "jokes."
You forgot the condom from The Play's The Thing, All the wiener jokes from "Krusty Dogs", and 20,000 Patties doesn't qualify as modern (season 5) - Goatworlds


George Croix

OK, Jim. Thanks for your viewpoint...er, their viewpoints
The two are just a bit overwound, imo, even being the pretty strong conservative that I am.
I am not in favor of abandoning or avoiding every bit of unpleasantness that I disagree with, else how does anyone learn one thing from another, and have no problem explaining reality from fantasy to my grandkids, or good and bad.
I see no problem with balancing life at multiple locations, depending on existing circumstances, between 'anything goes' and 'safe spaces'....it's simply impossible to sanitize life, and cruel to pretend we can, because eventually the kids find out on their own.....
NONE of what they said strikes me as worse for kids or anybody else than the MSM garbage everyday, but I admit to a level of behind-personal-ramparts bias there,
But, that's just me.....

Rusty Schroeder

With 32 comments, now 33, I bet the Daily News is hoping there are drag queen events weekly. I can see a Drag Queen Fishing Tournament in the works :) I crack myself up sometimes :) :) :)

George Croix

Contestant, or the prize...or the bait.....[beam][beam][beam]

Thomasene Muse

A must read.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drag_queen

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