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North Carolina Charter School Hosts Drag Queen Pride and Liberation Event

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

North Carolina Charter School Hosts Drag Queen Pride and Liberation Event

Scott Slayton | Contributor to | Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Two 8thgrade teachers at a charter school in North Carolina believed that they had an LGBT bullying problem, so they invited two drag queens to the school to help the students learn how to celebrate LGBT lifestyles.

Teachers Taylor Schmidt and Schara Brooks organized the event at Central Park School for Children in Durham, North Carolina. They told CNN that they saw their LGBT students on the receiving end of “incidents of targeting, harassment, and bullying” and wanted to do something about it.

Their solution was to host a drag queen event as part of the school’s Pride and Liberation event. Drag Queens Vivica C. Coxx and Stormie Daie sang for the students, showed off multiple outfits, and talked about their experiences as LGBT students.

Coxx, the onstage persona of Justin Clapp, the organizer of Durham Pride, performed “Big, Blonde, and Beautiful” from “Hairspray.” Then Coxx told the students, “You should be proud of Central Park School for Children. You have a famous person standing in front of you who wishes I had this experience when I was your age.” Coxx and Daie also performed songs by Beyonce and Nikki Minaj during the program.

The duo also took part in a panel with Durham City Council member Vernetta Alston and LGBTQ Center of Durham’s executive director Helena Cragg. During the discussion, Alston told the students that, “Everyone, no matter their age, deserves respect for being exactly who they are.” 

Daie also led a Drag Queen Story Hour with students in Kindergarten through fourth grade. Students were allowed to opt out of the program if they wanted to. The Drag Queen Story Hour has been a source of controversy at schools and libraries across the country.

The Greensboro News and Record reported that students responded positively to the event, saying that learned how to help their LGBT peers. A fifth-grader said, “I really, really, loved the Pride and Liberation celebration. I think it really showed and maybe helped others who are LGBTQ+ really see that they are not alone and that they can really express who they are.” A seventh grader agreed, saying “Durham is one of the most welcoming communities, but we still do always have more room to be more welcoming.”

Schmidt, who came up with the idea for the event, explained why he wanted to host it. He said, “If we’re going to be a school that’s focused on equality and justice, and if we’re going to be a school that believes in the act of liberation, we need to be more creative in our approach.” He added, “If schools are nervous about doing the work of Pride and Liberation, we get it, but what to us seems daring, to our LGBTQ+ students could be lifesaving. Public school educators ultimately teach for liberation–that’s the job.”

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