Why are councils spending taxpayers’ cash for drag queens to read to children? Asks KATHRYN KNIGHT

A drag queen known as Sab Samuel used to submit all method of eye-opening footage and outlandish feedback on social media.

In one such submit, dated April 2019, the 27-year-old from Cardiff made a crude joke about an orgy, which is unquestionably not repeatable in a household newspaper.

In one other from July 2020, he proclaimed that ‘love has no age’, a phrase as soon as adopted by the now-defunct campaigning organisation Paedophile Information Exchange in its revolting campaign to decrease the age of sexual consent in order that adults may have intercourse with kids.

In a equally disagreeable — and now-deleted — providing final November, Samuel threatened to publish the private info of a feminine critic and as not too long ago as April, he aimed an abusive risk at ‘Terfs’ — the unflattering slur hurled by hardcore trans-rights activists towards these they imagine are attempting to curtail their proper to establish as their chosen gender just by declaring it out loud.

Other questionable photos he has posted embody an image of a pubescent boy and an older man accompanied by a remark remarking that homosexual golf equipment are ‘wild’ as you may ‘meet each sorts and be informed each are 23’.

Sab Samuel (pictured) — performing as his flamboyant alter ego 'Aida H Dee', a play on the neurological disorder ADHD — is undertaking a nationwide tour on which he takes over 'storytime' at our local libraries

Sab Samuel (pictured) — performing as his flamboyant alter ego ‘Aida H Dee’, a play on the neurological dysfunction ADHD — is enterprise a nationwide tour on which he takes over ‘storytime’ at our native libraries

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: A protest against the Drag Queen Story Hour event at Welling Library on July 30, 2022 in Welling, England. Drag Queen Story Hour, an established and ticketed children's entertainment provider, has been faced with disruptive protests as the show tours libraries around England. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images)

Waving placards with slogans equivalent to ‘Let children be children’ and ‘Stop grooming children’, on one event a gaggle tried — unsuccessfully — to carry out a citizen’s arrest on Samuel as he left a library in a Bristol suburb. Pictured: A protest towards the Drag Queen Story Hour occasion at Welling Library on July 30

The protesters have been met with equally robust opposition from a pro-LGBT crowd — frequently masked and wearing dark glasses — waving rainbow flags and shouting that the protesters are 'homophobic' and' fascists'. Pictured: Protesters in favour of the Drag Queen Story Hour at Welling Library

The protesters have been met with equally strong opposition from a pro-LGBT crowd — steadily masked and carrying darkish glasses — waving rainbow flags and shouting that the protesters are ‘homophobic’ and’ fascists’. Pictured: Protesters in favour of the Drag Queen Story Hour at Welling Library

In a world caught in an ongoing tradition battle over intercourse, gender and identification, none of this materials, dismaying although it might be, arguably comes as a shock.

There are 1000’s, if not thousands and thousands, of comparable posts everywhere in the web. Many of them not mysteriously eliminated as these of Samuel’s have been in latest months.

What could also be extra startling is that in the meanwhile, Samuel — performing as his flamboyant alter ego ‘Aida H Dee’, a play on the neurological dysfunction ADHD — is enterprise a nationwide tour on which he takes over ‘storytime’ at our native libraries.

Clad in a tight-fitting sequinned rainbow costume — by way of which, on events, the define of his genitalia can clearly be seen — he reads his self-authored books on ‘range’ — together with a guide known as It’s Snot A Problem about lesbian hedgehogs — to an viewers comprised largely of toddlers, all paid for by native taxpayers by way of their council tax.

Samuel’s tour known as Drag Queen Story Hour UK, a part of a brand new phenomenon which gained higher public prominence final week when it emerged that indignant protesters had gathered at venues on Samuel’s 70-strong tour demanding the occasion be known as off.

Waving placards with slogans equivalent to ‘Let children be children’ and ‘Stop grooming children’, on one event a gaggle tried — unsuccessfully — to carry out a citizen’s arrest on Samuel as he left a library in a Bristol suburb.

The protesters have been met with equally strong opposition from a pro-LGBT crowd — steadily masked and carrying darkish glasses — waving rainbow flags and shouting that the protesters are ‘homophobic’ and’ fascists’.

At first look, this may very well be seen as one other overblown chapter of the tradition wars, a storm in a teacup wherein pearl-clutching traditionalists are agog about nothing extra dangerous than a panto dame studying story books to kids.

After all, spectacles equivalent to the tv hit RuPaul’s Drag Race and the hit coming-of-age musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which follows the story of a teenage boy as he pursues his dream of changing into a drag queen, have introduced the act firmly into the mainstream.

And actually, on his Drag Queen Story Hour UK web site, Samuel emphasises his give attention to selling nothing extra sinister than literacy and childhood aspirations.

‘We can change the world guide by guide!’ he proclaims, including in a worrying sentence for one eager to advertise higher literacy: ‘We are constructed out of the goals of youngsters, let these goals be fabulous.’

Yet as a Daily Mail investigation has uncovered, behind these seemingly innocuous statements lies an altogether extra sinister backdrop.

A deep dive into the murky world behind the 'panto glitter' façade of his colourful web material shows that Samuel — along with his contemporaries and supporters — has in fact been responsible for posting reams of sexually explicit material. Pictured: Sab Samuel as Aida H Dee Aida poses with police officers at Drag Queen Story Hour outside Bodmin Library on Tuesday, August 2

A deep dive into the murky world behind the ‘panto glitter’ façade of his vibrant net materials exhibits that Samuel — alongside together with his contemporaries and supporters — has actually been answerable for posting reams of sexually express materials. Pictured: Sab Samuel as Aida H Dee Aida poses with cops at Drag Queen Story Hour outdoors Bodmin Library on Tuesday, August 2

Pioneered by 'queer activist' Michelle Tea, the Drag Queen Story Hour events were first trialled in 2015 at a public library in San Francisco. Pictured: Protests in support of Sab Samuel outside Welling Library on July 30

Pioneered by ‘queer activist’ Michelle Tea, the Drag Queen Story Hour occasions had been first trialled in 2015 at a public library in San Francisco. Pictured: Protests in help of Sab Samuel outdoors Welling Library on July 30

Many had previously written to the library to ask for the event to be cancelled. 'They wrote back saying they wanted to be inclusive — but the reality is that their definition of 'diversity and inclusion' is a very narrow one,' said 67-year-old Pat, a former college lecturer and mother-of-two grown-up children who was among those who had given up her morning to protest at Samuel's presence. Pictured: Protesters against the Drag Queen Story Hour event at Welling Library

Many had beforehand written to the library to ask for the occasion to be cancelled. ‘They wrote again saying they needed to be inclusive — however the actuality is that their definition of ‘range and inclusion’ is a really slim one,’ stated 67-year-old Pat, a former school lecturer and mother-of-two grown-up kids who was amongst those that had given up her morning to protest at Samuel’s presence. Pictured: Protesters towards the Drag Queen Story Hour occasion at Welling Library

A deep dive into the murky world behind the ‘panto glitter’ façade of his vibrant net materials exhibits that Samuel — alongside together with his contemporaries and supporters — has actually been answerable for posting reams of sexually express materials.

He has fundraised for transgender teams advocating the usage of hormone remedy for kids as younger as 12.

Other Drag Queen Story Hour web sites, in the meantime, clarify that the purpose of the performances is to ‘discover gender fluidity’, ‘present queer function fashions’ and ‘break down the notion of a intercourse binary’.

It’s all a good distance from A Very Hungry Caterpillar, as turned evident on a moist Tuesday morning when Samuel’s tour arrived at Bodmin Library to be greeted by two units of placard-waving protesters — one calling for the occasion to be known as off, and the opposite a small gaggle of supporters from Cornwall Pride who stood behind a rainbow flag and declined to be interviewed.

Security was tight, with 4 cops and a plethora of council employees manning the doorway, to not point out Samuel’s personal safety guard, who refused the Daily Mail’s request to sit down in on Aida’s storytime session. Requests for an interview additionally went unanswered.

‘If he desires to be clear and has nothing to cover, why will not he allow you to in to see it?’ requested a protester, one among a sturdy group — comprising all ages and professions — who had gathered to specific their disquiet at Samuel’s arrival.

Many had beforehand written to the library to ask for the occasion to be cancelled. ‘They wrote again saying they needed to be inclusive — however the actuality is that their definition of ‘range and inclusion’ is a really slim one,’ stated 67-year-old Pat, a former school lecturer and mother-of-two grown-up kids who was amongst those that had given up her morning to protest at Samuel’s presence.

Her view can be shared by a variety of campaigning organisations, amongst them the Women’s Rights Network UK, who had been among the many first to spotlight considerations about Drag Queen Story Hour and who’ve known as for the occasions to be abolished.

‘Drag Queen Story Hour could be very removed from the innocuous presence that many individuals assume,’ says Women’s Rights Network’s Claire Loneragan.

‘Quite other than the truth that drag is grownup sexualised leisure, kids are already being force-fed gender ideology — drag additional normalises this within the grownup world and confuses them.’

It’s a sentiment echoed by non-profit organisation The Family Education Trust, which describes the occasions as ‘extremely inappropriate’.

‘Drag exhibits are adults-only leisure and never appropriate for school-age kids,’ stated senior researcher Piers Shepherd.

‘When we expose kids to sexual materials, we blur the boundaries between adults and kids, exposing them to grownup sexual ideas and we danger normalising the sexualisation of youngsters.’

The Safe Schools Alliance marketing campaign group has gone one step additional, calling the thought of drag queens in kids’s environments ‘an abuse of energy’.

Pioneered by ‘queer activist’ Michelle Tea, the Drag Queen Story Hour occasions had been first trialled in 2015 at a public library in San Francisco. Since then, all method of drag queen exhibits aimed on the under-12s have sprung up across the U.S. — amongst them ‘Bring Baby Drag Bingo’, ‘Drag Queen Kids Klub’ and ‘Drag Queen Brunch’.

They have attracted severe controversy on a couple of event. A latest occasion in Minnesota noticed a performer wearing a miniskirt, crop high and excessive heels flash his crotch at nursery age kids.

Last month, a drag queen clad in thigh-high black boots, and with a lot of his bottom on present, was filmed instructing a baby to bounce for money suggestions at a ‘family-friendly’ drag present in California.

‘Look how a lot cash you simply made,’ he tells her.

Another drag occasion marketed at ‘under-18s’ held in Washington State three years in the past included a strip-tease efficiency by a performer carrying fishnet tights and thigh-high patent leather-based boots.

The occasions reached Britain about three years in the past, when the British Library promoted a kids’s occasion with drag entertainer Alyssa Van Delle, calling her a ‘sizzling’ performer who will ‘have you ever on the sting of your seat and gagging for extra’.

Many mother and father expressed their outrage, however since then there was a gentle rise within the variety of drag queens — many with intentionally sexualised names equivalent to ‘FlowJob’ and ‘Courtney Act’ — being introduced into academic settings as a part of instructing on ‘inclusivity’ and ‘range’.

FlowJob — actual title Nathan Mullen — was given the rubber-stamp of political legitimacy when he was accompanied to a studying session for kids as younger as 4 at a major college in Paisley as a part of an LGBTQ drive in February 2020 by the lesbian SNP politician Mhairi Black.

Those who questioned the rationale behind inviting a self-professed grownup entertainer — Mullen’s Twitter feed contains footage of him simulating a intercourse act with a dildo — right into a major college had been smeared as bigots.

Black herself tweeted that the criticisms had been ‘homophobic’ including {that a} go to from a homosexual MP and drag queen when she was at college ‘would have made an immeasurable distinction’ to the ‘troublesome childhoods’ endured by her and her ‘LGBT classmates’.

Stella Creasy (pictured), the Labour MP for Walthamstow tweeted last week that she had taken her infant son to a show by a drag queen called Greta Tude

Stella Creasy (pictured), the Labour MP for Walthamstow tweeted final week that she had taken her toddler son to a present by a drag queen known as Greta Tude

Not to be outdone, Stella Creasy, the Labour MP for Walthamstow, additionally jumped on the drag queen bandwagon.

She tweeted final week that she had taken her toddler son to a present wherein a drag queen known as Greta Tude ‘put a lot power into storytelling and entertaining kids’. Her colleague Nadia Whittome described it as ‘healthful’.

But the Women’s Network’s Claire Loneragan argues drag queens make doubtful function fashions for kids. ‘Drag is misogynistic,’ she says. ‘Drag performers steadily scale back ladies to hyper-sexualised, big-breasted, big-haired bimbos.

‘It additionally provides a really reductive imaginative and prescient of homosexual males. And even when sexualised behaviour is toned down, kids are additionally fairly capable of look issues up on the web.’

Of Sab Samuel, she says: ‘He will not be a professional counsellor. How is he being allowed this sort of entry and affect?’

These considerations have been echoed in some elements of the drag scene itself, together with by homosexual American drag queen Kitty Demure, who has in contrast Drag Queen Story Hour to having ‘a stripper or a porn star to affect your baby’.

In a video directed at followers, he stated: ‘I do not know why you need drag queens to learn books to your kids. Would you desire a stripper or a porn star to affect your baby? It is mindless in any respect.

‘A drag queen performs in a nightclub for adults. There is a number of filth that goes on, a number of sexual stuff that goes on, and backstage there’s a number of nudity and intercourse and medicines. OK? So I do not assume that is an avenue that you’d need your baby to discover.’

Despite these considerations, scores of councils have signed up for Aida H Dee’s story hour, for which he’s paid £150 per one-hour story-time session. Tickets are free and he typically provides as much as three ‘performances’ a day.

That payment was obtained by way of the Freedom Of Information Act, as many councils selected to attract a veil of secrecy over their choice to host Drag Queen Story Hours.

Last weekend, it emerged that greater than 100 librarians had held a ‘webinar’ to plan deal with the considerations of fogeys over Aida H Dee’s arrival. It was recommended that the drag queens be labelled ‘pantomime dames’ as a substitute to deflect mother and father’ considerations.

These concerns have been echoed in some parts of the drag scene itself, including by gay American drag queen Kitty Demure, who has compared Drag Queen Story Hour to having 'a stripper or a porn star to influence your child'

These considerations have been echoed in some elements of the drag scene itself, together with by homosexual American drag queen Kitty Demure, who has in contrast Drag Queen Story Hour to having ‘a stripper or a porn star to affect your baby’

Not everybody has been fooled: a guardian in Stockton, County Durham — the place Samuel’s tour is because of arrive in every week’s time —requested why the council had been hiring an grownup entertainer to learn to kids.

But in response the council stated it supported ‘range’ — that phrase once more — throughout the borough, reiterated the occasion has no component of grownup leisure and acknowledged that ‘those that have considerations concerning the views of the drag queen needn’t attend’.

It is a sentiment that angered these protesters in Bodmin this week. ‘Our considerations are concerning the sexualisation of youngsters,’ says Pat.

‘The insult at all times thrown at us is homophobia however that’s only a low-cost shot. We usually are not towards dressing up, or being your self or anybody’s sexuality — what we’re towards is introducing sexuality into the lives of younger kids and blurring the boundaries about what is suitable when it comes to grownup interplay with kids.’

It was a view echoed by Sarah, a 35-year-old carer. ‘Drag is being romanticised as one thing optimistic and enjoyable for youths to interact with, however behind the rainbow flags and unicorns there’s an agenda at play. We are on the skinny finish of a wedge and down the road we’ll discover ourselves questioning how on earth we acquired into it.’