drag queens

The Juneau Public Libraries has moved its Drag Storytime events online out of COVID-19 concerns.

The publicly funded institution held an Aug. 24 Drag Storytime event on Zoom, which was open to everyone including children “of all ages.” The event featured conversations and performances from local drag queens and kings, some of whom regularly perform in gay bars around town.

The event was co-sponsored by a local group called Juneau Drag which promotes area drag performer James Hoagland who goes by the stage name “Gigi Monroe.” He made headlines in June 2017 with a drag queen story hour performance for teens and toddlers at the Douglas Public Library. Organizers said the library event aimed to capture “the imagination and play of the gender fluidity in childhood” and give “kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.”

Critics of drag queen events aimed at children say the shows sexualize impressionable young children and groom the next generation to accept LGBT ideology.

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Juneau libraries reach children with online drag shows

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Tom E. says:

    This library should not receive public funding due to promotion of LGBT lifestyle. Joel Davidson, shame on you for your apparent support of this!

    • Jake Libbey says:

      Tom, however you arrived at this conclusion, nothing could be further from the truth. This is a news story, and presenting the facts are what is important in a news story. If it didn’t matter to the Alaska Watchman, you wouldn’t read about it on our site, but I am proud of the distinction in our reporting between editorial and news content. There is no conjecture, or vitriol, only the facts… from which an intelligent person may draw their own conclusions.