@VickieforNYC, we need you to acknowledge this is wrong & tell others to stop also. pic.twitter.com/pXxhY59COqThough he did mention Paladino by name in a clip of his speech he shared on Twitter, he tagged the councilwoman directly in the caption, saying that she used the term "grooming" repeatedly to "describe my community.""@VickieforNYC, we need you to acknowledge this is wrong & tell others to stop also," he wrote.Planned drag queen story events across the U.S.
have faced pushback and even threats in recent weeks as Pride Month came into full swing. A North Carolina town had to cancel one of these events after receiving violent threats on social media, while sheriff deputies confirmed that members of the far-right Proud Boys group aggressively disrupted another reading at a California public library by storming the event and reportedly shouting homophobic and transphobic slurs.Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has also accused such events of being "indoctrination" and said that they need to be "illegal."In a Twitter thread about the NYC program on June 13, Paladino wrote: "Any school in my district participating in 'drag queen' degeneracy risks losing their funding.
Adult drag performers have NO BUSINESS in our schools, and they will not be in my district. Period."She said that it was "unacceptable and grotesque" to bring drag queens into elementary schools, and that her office has contacted principals in her district to inform them of her position on such events."Progressives may have no problem with child grooming and sexualization, but I do," she wrote in another tweet. "This will not happen on my watch.