By Vince Torres, Executive Director

What do a liberal feminist leader and a conservative Christian pastor have in common? They both believe that “drag” is adult entertainment and that exposing children to highly sexualized dress and behavior is completely inappropriate.

I am the pastor and my friend, Natasha Chart, is the feminist leader. Natasha serves as chair of the Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF)—a self-proclaimed radical feminist organization—and although we do not agree on everything, we are proud to be working together to bring awareness to the dangerous nature of “Drag Queen Story Hour” events happening in New Mexico and across the nation.

“Drag Queen Story Hour,” which began in cities like New York City and San Francisco, has made its way to New Mexico, with recent events in Albuquerque and Las Vegas. The events feature adult male entertainers, outfitted in makeup and drag dress, using their drag names, while reading to young children and, in some cases, dancing for them. At some events, children have even been encouraged to bring dollar bills to give to the drag entertainers as they provocatively perform. Despite what organizers claim, there is nothing innocent or family-friendly about these events.

In response to these local events, Natasha recently penned a letter to Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, the members of the Albuquerque City Council and the Bernalillo County Commission, and the Director of the Public Library in Albuquerque, urging them to “adopt a policy prohibiting Drag Queen Story Hour events aimed at minors.”

Among the concerns raised by Natasha is the “heavy dose of sexism” at the events. As Natasha states:

 “From a feminist perspective, the main feature of drag is that it equates ‘woman’ with over- sexualized clothing (outfits no woman would wear to a library), unrealistic fake breasts and body shapes, heavy makeup, frivolous behavior, and a demure voice. This cements sex stereotypes that are offensive and harmful to women and girls. And because the message is largely visual, it takes hold even in preverbal children.”

 We agree with Natasha. “Drag Queen Story Hour” exposes children to sexist, misogynistic, and over-sexualized content that can negatively impact their mental health. For these reasons and many others, we join Natasha in encouraging our elected officials and public libraries in New Mexico to put an end to these controversial events. Drag queen programs aimed at minors are inappropriate and our taxpayer funded libraries should not be promoting or hosting them.

To read Natasha Chart’s letter, please click here.

Dear Friends:

“Drag Queen Storytime,” which began in places like New York City and San Francisco, is now coming to Albuquerque.

Next Saturday, June 15th, Albuquerque’s Main Library is slated to host adult male entertainers, outfitted in makeup and outfits, using their “drag” names, reading to young children. And despite what the organizers of these events claim, there is nothing innocent or family-friendly about these events. Your help is needed to send a message to city and county officials today.

These story hours have a very specific agenda and the organizers have not been coy about the intent of the program. According to advertisements in other cities, “Drag Queen Story Hour captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive and unabashedly queer models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.”

Not only is “Drag Queen Storytime” being advertised on the Main Library’s official website and social media, but it is scheduled to take place during the Library’s “Family Fun”—an event for families and children ages 0-12.

Today, we are asking concerned citizens, parents, and taxpayers to speak up and encourage the Library to cancel this event. You can do so in three ways:

  1. Please click here to send a message to the Mayor, the Albuquerque City Council, and the Bernalillo County Commission.
  2. Please call the Library Director at (505) 768-5141 and leave the following message: “Drag queen programs are inappropriate for children and the library should not host or promote them.”
  3. Please share this message with your friends and family.

Thank you for speaking up!

The Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Team

Dear Friends:

In case you missed it, our core issues at Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico® have been in the news locally and nationally.

FamilyAlbuquerque’s Main Library to Host Drag Queen Storytime”

This Saturday, Albuquerque’s Main Library is slated to host adult male entertainers, outfitted in makeup and outfits, using their “drag” names, reading to young children. Not only is “Drag Queen Storytime” being advertised on the Library’s official website and social media, but it is scheduled to take place during the Library’s “Family Fun” event for families and children ages 0-12. There is no arguing the fact that drag queens are adult entertainers and that these events are inappropriate for kids. At events in other cities, children in attendance have been encouraged to participate in youth drag queen competitions, and in Houston, one of the drag queens was later found to be a registered sex offender. If you live in the City of Albuquerque or Bernalillo County, please click here to send a message to our elected officials telling them that, “Drag queen programs are inappropriate for children and the library should not host or promote them.”

 Life American Medical Association (AMA) Retains Opposition to Assisted Suicide

This week, the American Medical Association (AMA), the largest association of physicians, overwhelmingly voted to retain its firm opposition to assisted suicide. According to the AMA Code of Medical Ethics, “Physician-assisted suicide if fundamentallyincompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks.” This past Legislative Session, Family Policy Alliance and our allies were instrumental in defeated legislation to legalize assisted suicide in New Mexico.

Religious Freedom Denver Baker Jack Phillips Sued for the Third Time

Jack Phillips, the Christian Baker from Denver, is now facing a third lawsuit for respectfully declining to provide a gender transition cake. Although there are dozens of other bakeries in Denver that would have provided the cake, Phillips continues to be targeted by radical activists hellbent on harassing and punishing him for operating his business in accordance with his faith.

At Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, our vision is a state where religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished, and we are honored to be fighting for these issues at all levels—local and national. However, we could not do it without your prayers and support, so thank you from all of us!

Together, onward, upward, and in His service,

Vince Torres
President and Executive Director

We have sent multiple updates about the “Drag Queen Story Hour” taking place TOMORROW (Saturday April 27th) at 2pm at the Alpharetta Public Library (10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009). This event subjects children to a radical ideology that undermines biology and God’s design.

While we have encouraged you to write to elected officials and pray, we also wanted to make you aware of a group of citizen activists that are organizing a peaceful sit-in to protect these children.

They are asking everyone to arrive by 12:30pm and gather downstairs in front of the auditorium door where the event will be held. There, they will pray and be ready to fill the seats when the doors open.

This quiet protest might save a child from being exposed to this experience.  This, and all events at a public library, are open to the public. Use this as an opportunity to make your voice heard!

In order to know who is with the group, they are suggesting you wear something white. When you arrive, look for Rhonda, Nichole, or Mary. They will all have on nametags and can answer any of your questions. I have not had the opportunity to meet them, but I am grateful for their efforts to protect the children of their community.

If you are unable to join in this quiet protest, please join us in prayer – even for the drag queen, “Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker.” The lack of comfort and contentment with God’s design and His plan for sexuality is a real struggle for many. We need to pray for them, for healing, and for the Lord to do a mighty work in the hearts of people and in our culture as a whole.

In Prayer,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

P.S. First Baptist Church of Alpharetta is allowing participants to park in their lot 44 Academy St, Alpharetta, GA 30009 until 4:00 pm. After that, cars need to be moved.

If you arrive after the auditorium doors have been closed, please ask the police officer to direct you to the sidewalk for the StopDQSH group. When it is over, they will gather to share thoughts and discuss next steps.

I know that each of you understand that appropriate, kind decorum is needed. The goal is not to engage or be hostile to those who disagree with us. This is a great opportunity to be Christ-like!

Last week, we sent an update about the Drag Queen Story Hour planned for the Alpharetta Public Library, and you responded in a BIG way!

However, the library is still insisting on allowing the event to take place, so we need to ramp up the pressure. Will you make your voice heard today?

A Drag Queen Story Hour is inappropriate for children and constitutes “adult entertainment,” something truly unsuitable for a taxpayer-funded library. It seeks to impose a lifestyle on children that is inconsistent with God’s design, leads to increased rates of depression and suicide, and is incompatible with science.

The library will be quick to tell you that this is not a library-sponsored event. However, hosting the ideology-driven “Story Hour” is woefully inappropriate and incompatible with the library’s mission. By allowing the event on the premises, it is a tacit endorsement.

The kids that will be funneled to this event need our protecting and need leaders to take action. Please take action today and then spread the word!

As of now, the event is still scheduled for April 27th at 2:00pm at the Alpharetta Library. Be in prayer!

Because our children deserve better,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

A movement that began in places like New York and San Francisco – an effort to highlight the “drag queen” lifestyle to young children in our public libraries – has made its way to Alpharetta, Georgia.

Yes, Alpharetta, a suburban, right-leaning community, is slated to host a “drag queen” known as Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker who will read to young children at the library built with taxpayer dollars.

This individual, Steven Igarashi-Ball, has used this and other events to politicize and gain sympathy for his lifestyle. As a movement, Drag Queen Story Hour has focused on undermining parents and family values while aiming to expose and indoctrinate young children into believing that men dressing in drag is normal and good.

Your action is needed. Please make your voice heard today!

There has been some confusion about this event, which currently does not appear on the library’s calendar. However, in news reports the library has confirmed the event is still on. We believe this confusion is born from an effort to keep this event quiet so that you, the concerned citizens, will be silent.

Unable to win on the strength of their ideas, the radical Left’s great hope is to indoctrinate our youth. We can’t let this happen! Imposing this agenda on young children is unhealthy and highly detrimental. Join us today by making your voice heard!

Because our children deserve better,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

P.S. Please share this email or the Action Center link so that even more people can make their voice heard on behalf of our kids!

Dear Friends:

What began in places like New York and Los Angeles is now spreading across the country. Believe it or not, Drag Queen Story Hour is a recent phenomenon that may just show up at your community library very soon. In fact, these gatherings and others like them have already happened or are planned in at least 40 states to date.

The events feature men outfitted in makeup and outfits, using their “drag” name, and reading stories to children as young as 3 years old at public libraries. And despite what organizers say, there is nothing innocent or “family-friendly” about these events. The story-times have a very specific agenda and event organizers are not coy about the intent of this program.

According to advertisements, “Drag Queen Story Hour captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.”

The ideology behind Drag Queen Story Hour goes even further beyond ideas regarding sexual identity, and for these activists, undermining parents’ authority in the lives of their children is often necessary. For example, Gay Pride Director Jeremy Hobbs of Columbus, Georgia was quite explicit about the desire to undermine parents when he stated, “We’re not born with hate; we learn hate. And it all starts at home.”

Yes. In addition to introducing and pushing gender confusion on innocent children, this program plans to teach kids that any biblical values they may glean from their parents at home is “hate.”

Friends—it is time to act and, thankfully, thousands of people across the nation have already spoken up and raised concerns with their local libraries and leaders. Meanwhile, in New Mexico, we must be ready to act if and when the time comes, so here are some things you can do right now:

  1. Please continue to follow us for more information on this unacceptable program.
  2. Please make sure your pastor is aware of this program and encourage him to preach on the important biblical issues of gender and human sexuality.
  3. Please remember to vote this November for those candidates who will support parental rights and push back against the radical left’s assault on Christian parenting.
  4. To help fund our efforts to inform and engage local communities with calls to action, please consider a contribution to help in our efforts.

Today we are facing issues that just 5 years ago would have been unimaginable. The only way to push back is for the church to be awake, alert, and active. And to that end, we look forward to partnering with you.

God bless you and thank you for your continued prayers and generous support.

Sincerely,

Vince Torres
President and Executive Director

“…but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.” –Daniel 11:32 (ESV)

Dear Friends:

Thank you for your continued prayers, financial support, and words of encouragement over the past few weeks as we released our endorsements for the upcoming November election. We have some wonderful candidates running for office up and down the ballot, and with your help, we will send them to Santa Fe this January to do the work we need and expect them to do.

In the meantime, there have been several stories in the news recently related to our core issues at Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico. As you know, one of our goals is to help keep you informed of current events related to religious freedom, the family, and life so we can anticipate the challenges and opportunities before us. So, in case you missed it

Religious Freedom California Assemblyman Evan Low Withdraws Anti-Religious Freedom Legislation

In a major victory for religious freedom in California, Assemblyman Evan Low withdrew legislation which would have made it illegal under California’s consumer protection law to offer “any practices that seek to…change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.” The legislation, which was misleadingly advertised as a mere “conversion therapy ban,” was originally written to cover any financial transaction, which could have led to a ban on Christian books, retreats, conferences, and/or any paid Christian counseling that helps those with unwanted same-sex attraction. Thankfully, after meeting with pastors, professional counselors, and former LGBTQ persons, Assemblyman Low opted to withdraw the legislation and continue the dialogue. We thank Assemblyman Low for this collegial act and we congratulate Jonathan Keller and the California Family Council for their great work on this matter.

 Family – “Drag Queen Story Hour” for Children Invades Public Libraries Across the Country 

 What began in libraries in New York City and Los Angeles has now spread to at least 40 states. With backing from the American Library Association, “Drag Queen Story Hour” events feature men outfitted in makeup and outfits, using their “drag” name, reading stories to children at public libraries. Despite what organizers claim, there is nothing innocent or “family-friendly” about the events. The story-times have a very specific agenda. According to event organizers, the mission of the program is to “capture the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood” and give children “glamorous, positive and unabashedly queer role models.” Organizers recommend that drag queens read books to children that promote LGBTQ ideology and even provide a list of resources written for children as young as preschoolers. Recommended readings include Teddy’s Favorite Toy, My Princess Boy, and Worm Loves Worm.

Life – Santa Fe City Council Approves Resolution in Support of Assisted Suicide 

This week, the Santa Fe City Council adopted a resolution urging the State Legislature to legalize assisted suicide in New Mexico. Santa Fe joins the City of Albuquerque as the second jurisdiction in our state to pass this resolution and efforts are underway in other cities to follow suit. Ahead of the vote, several of you responded to our Action Alert and contacted the Mayor and City Councilors, and we thank you for making your voice heard. Recently, the Albuquerque Journal and The Santa Fe New Mexican published an op-ed I submitted regarding assisted suicide and our concerns with the message we are sending to our children and vulnerable citizens. As I stated in the op-ed, when it comes to providing care for those facing serious illness and/or the end of life, I believe we can and should do better than simply abandoning them to death and hopelessness. Instead, we should work together to find solutions that bring real compassion and care to those when they need it most.

As we come to the end of our fiscal year this month, I want to thank those of you who have generously given to support our efforts. If you would like to help us end strong and continue strong into 2019, please consider setting up a $25 monthly recurring gift today. If everyone reading this supported us with $25/month, we would exceed our fundraising goal for 2019 and I would not have to solicit donations again until 2020! So, if you believe in what we do and are passionate about our vision for New Mexico—a state where religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and live is cherished—please give today.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support!

Sincerely,

Vince Torres
President and Executive Director