Calling drag queens ‘groomers’ and ‘pedophiles’ is the latest in a long history of weaponising those terms against the LGBTIQA community

Tue, 6 Jun 2023 14:17:32 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at]>

Andrew Pam

"Drag queens around the world are currently being accused of “grooming
children” through drag storytime events. These accusations curiously associate
public book reading with child sex offending.

We know from decades of research and inquiries the places that young people are
most at risk of sexual victimisation are their home or an institution of care
(such as a school, orphanage or church). The people that most often offend
against children are family members and care providers.

However, this recent panic about drag queens reading in public libraries is
actually typical in the history of child sexual abuse. This history has
involved repeated moral panics that distract from the alarming data regarding
child sexual abuse in the home. Instead, these narratives locate the threat to
children outside of the home - to gay men, “stranger danger” and even satanic
ritual abuse - rather than confronting the situations and protecting children
where they are most at risk."

       *** Xanni ***
--               Andrew Pam                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu            Partner, Glass Wings               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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