The Air Force has canceled a “Drag Queen Story Time” event for the children of airmen at the Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany after Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio issued a letter to the military branch urging them to do so.
A press release on the lawmaker’s website explains that Rubio also urged the branch to discipline the staff involved in organizing the event.
“I urge you to immediately cancel this politically divisive event, and take appropriate disciplinary action against all involved in allowing this gross abuse of taxpayer funding to place children in a sexualized environment,” he wrote in his letter to Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall.
“These inappropriate events are extremely divisive at home for good reason; in all cases, they place young children in close proximity with adults who are intentionally and explicitly sexualized,” he continued.
Rubio explained that a flyer for one such event last year noted that it would include the book, The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish.
The author of the book, he explained, reportedly wrote it for children to “experience the magic of drag and to get a little practice shaking their hips or shimmying their shoulders to know how [they] can feel fabulous inside of [their] own bodies.”
“As I hope you can agree, decisions over children and their bodies should be left to moms and dads serving our nation, not mediated through publicly funded propaganda on U.S. Air Force bases,” Rubio posed to Secretary Kendall.
He also pressed for answers as to whether or not there have been similar events at bases at home and abroad.
“The last thing parents serving their nation overseas should be worried about, particularly in a theater with heightened geopolitical tensions, is whether their children are being exposed to sexually charged content simply because they visited their local library,” he wrote in his letter.
Rubio’s website noted that the event was canceled after the branch received his letter.
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