Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel spoke at a summit hosted by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and said that drag queens should be in every school. Not only is this grossly irresponsible because of how impressionable children are, but it might be illegal.
The Michigan Civil Rights Summit’s 2022 conference is focused on analyzing “equality in education, housing, health care, voting rights, and economics,” according to a press release of the event. The event is titled, “Racism and Other ‘isms’ — Shaping Systemic Change Through an Equity Lens.”
Michigan Director of Civil Rights Director John E. Johnson, Jr. said “With escalations in hate crime, poverty, and attacks on democracy, we felt it was time to gather once again to strategize about protecting the rights of marginalized people.”
At the summit, Nessel said, “Drag queens make everything better. Drag queens are fun. Drag queens are entertainment. And you know what I’ll say that was totally not poll tested, I’d say this, ‘A drag queen for every school.’”
There’s a difference in a teacher being part of the LGBTQ community and teaching children about sexual topics. If the drag queens cross that line then they might be violating federal law.
Nessel added, “I am so tired of having prominent members of our state government create wedge issues that don’t help, that don’t heal us but divide us. And that’s all they do.”
Voters aren’t viewing these issues as “wedge issues.” A recent YouGovAmerica study found that 44% of Americans support a ban on schools teaching sexual orientation and gender identity to kindergarden through third graders while 41% oppose the ban. In the same study, 47% of Americans support parents’ ability to sue the school district for teaching sexual orientation and gender identity material that isn’t age appropriate while 38% oppose it.
Nessel is the first openly LGBTQ person elected to Michigan’s statewide office. Nessel is a former criminal defense attorney and in March 2022 she argued that Michigan law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Sexualization in education has become a major issue in education and politics. The Virginia governor election in late 2021 showed that parents care about education. Just before the election, a male student who identified as a female assaulted a female in the girl’s restroom and caused an uproar across the state. That event is likely the reason that Republicans won elections across the state.