At lunchtime today, legal firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth are hosting a virtual drag queen story time for their staff and the staff’s children. Apparently, Corrs are strongly encouraging the children to dress loud and proud.

This is all in honour of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

A day which is supposed to promote inclusiveness and anti-bulling.

It is unclear to me how a man wearing over-the-top makeup and dressed up in a lurid dress will encourage inclusiveness, eg help children with two mothers feel supported, or help stop the bullying of kids with gender dysphoria.

Corrs staff members are probably not game to say anything – it’s just not politically correct to question men dressing up as drag and reading to young children. That the celebrations of the day happen under a guise of ‘inclusivity’ is therefore ironic. This is not an inclusive practice. Drag Queen story time is a very divisive practice.

Accusations of homophobia and transphobia are used as a weapon to silence critics. 

Men dressing up to impersonate women in a hyper-sexualised manner is not harmless fun – it’s offensive to women. And it’s actually not very funny. Drag accentuates a stereotypical version of women that is insulting. Far from challenging stereotypes, performances such as this make womanhood seem like a gaudy, sexualised costume.

Children find it confusing and odd. Male drag performers are introduced to children as ‘she’. In this case, Jonathan Hosking as Miss Betty Confetti. In this way, little kids are introduced to the use of preferred pronouns and the world of political correctness. It’s confusing to many children. This is introducing adult ideology and adult entertainment to children.

Jonathan Hosking, a man, is going to dress up as a woman and read two books for the children.

The first, “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” is a political parody book about a same-sex romance with rabbits, and the other is called “Rainbow”.

There is disquiet even within the drag scene itself about story times for children. Kitty Demure, a drag queen has very publicly compared drag queen story time to having ‘a stripper or a porn star influence your child’.

If you’ve ever wondered why you pay such exorbitant legal fees – well this could be one reason why.