For almost half a year now, the Public Library in Brooklyn, NY, has featured drag queen story tellers. Dressed in the usual sequins and bangles, these men in drag read stories to kids that have messages of accepting people who are different. Parents, of course, know they are drag queens because it is advertised as such. They happily expose their children to this counter culture of the human experience.
Had such an opportunity been available when my children went to Saturday morning story time I would have been delighted to bring them. There is nothing immoral or harmful about men dressed as women. For whatever reason, it is treated in the Bible as a taboo.
I have watched kids react to a man in drag here in Des Moines. There is a young man, studying to be an actuary, who is in many theater productions. A year ago he played both a male teacher and the lunch lady. After the play actors are in the lobby signing programs–in this case there were lots of kids. He came out still in drag and kids lined up to get her (his) autograph. I was standing near him when a little boy asked, “Miss Lunch Lady, what’s you real name?” He replied, “It’s in the play program. It’s a boy’s name.”
Most every kid feels at one time or another he/she is different. Teaching that it is OK to be different is a good thing to do.