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New York AG Letitia James says her ‘office is proud to host a Drag Story Hour read-a-thon’

New York state Attorney General Letitia James says her office is hosting a Drag Story Hour event that will take place on Sunday.

“My office is proud to host a Drag Story Hour read-a-thon on Sunday, March 19 from 11AM-3PM,” James declared in an Instagram post.

A graphic advertising the upcoming event invites families with kids “to join Attorney General James, Drag storytellers, and city and state elected leaders” at the event on Sunday.

According to an Eventbrite posting, tickets are sold out for the event that will be held at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. “The Center is a registered 501(c)(3) organization,” according to the organization’s website.

The Eventbrite post states that the individuals and entities “proudly” co-sponsoring the event include: “Drag Story Hour, The LGBTQ Center, Pride Center of Staten Island, Destination Tomorrow, Brooklyn Library, Queens Library, and the New York Public Library, [New York City] Councilmember Crystal Hudson, Councilmember Chi Ossé, Councilmember Erik Bottcher, Councilmember Tiffany Caban, Councilmember Shekar Krishnan, Councilmember Lynn Schulman, [New York state] Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Assemblymember Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Assemblymember Tony Simone, and State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal.”

Unsurprisingly, all of the elected officials cosponsoring the event are Democrats.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who is also a Democrat, has previously praised the practice of having drag queens read to children.

“At a time when our LGBTQ+ communities are under increased attack across this country, we must use our education system to educate. The goal is not only for our children to be academically smart, but also emotionally intelligent. Drag storytellers, and the libraries and schools that support them, are advancing a love of diversity, personal expression, and literacy that is core to what our city embraces,” Adams said in a June 2022 statement.

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