A taxpayer-funded LGBTQ+ youth heart in Ohio introduced a month-to-month session educating children as younger as 11 the “fundamentals of drag.”
The Colors+ Youth Center in Fairview Park – about 15 miles west of Cleveland – says in its mission assertion that its targets are to make use of a “holistic mind-body approach and to have a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth and allies empower them to grow as individuals and within their communities’ and welcomes children ages 4 to 17.
The center received grants last year as part of a tax that allows Cuyahoga County Arts & Culture to provide stipends to organizations “in the local arts and culture sector.”
Colors+ Youth Center – which one was in the headlines final 12 months after somebody threw a brick at a Black Lives Matter flag within the window and spray-painted graffiti – was one among 9 new grant recipients in 2022.
It touts that funding in its description of “monthly drag tutorials” led by native drag performers for youths as younger as 11. A photograph promoting the occasion on social media reveals a toddler of unknown age being made up by drag queen, Sassy Sascha, who’s seen sporting large false eyelashes.
A taxpayer-funded LGBTQ+ youth heart in Ohio introduced a month-to-month session educating children the “fundamentals of dragging” as a part of a sequence of applications. Pictured: A toddler of unknown age is being made up by drag queen Sassy Sascha on the Colors Plus Youth Center in Fairview Park, Ohio
‘Under the guidance of a local drag artist who teaches the basics of drag (makeup, costume design and performance), young people can express themselves creatively in a safe, affirming and age-appropriate way. Funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture,’ their website states.
Other pictures present a gaggle of kids working towards their very own make-up abilities with Sascha and posing with their last outcomes.
Other Colors+ Youth Center applications embody bi-annual LGBTQ+ sexual well being courses, a Clothing Affirmation Program (CCAP) that enables children to “try new ways of self-expression and identity discovery,” and self-defense courses for folks.
The heart was based by “certified professional mental health counselors” in an effort to fill a “major gap in services for LGBTQ+ youth” in the neighborhood.
‘Colors+ believes that everyone deserves a place to feel safe and be themselves. This is exactly what we offer to LGBTQ+ youth and allies. We welcome youth from all over the state to come to our center or participate virtually in programming.”
The organization touts over ‘collaborations’ with the Better Business Bureau, the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, and a number of other native tv stations.
The provincial funding dates again to a 2015 election, by which voters accepted Number 8, a one-and-a-half cent tax to lift income for Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
“Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s mission is to inspire and empower the community through investment in arts and culture. In 2016, we established a new vision and values that, along with our mission, will underpin our efforts for the next decade.
It is currently funded through at least January 2027 and has invested more than $207 million in more than 436 organizations since its inception in 2007.
The Colors+ Youth Center in Fairview Park — about 15 miles west of Cleveland — says in its mission statement that its goals are to use a “holistic mind-body approach and to have a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth and allies to enable them to grow as individuals and within their communities’. Pictured: Kids during the Drag Tutorials session show off the final results of their drag makeup class
The center received grants last year as part of a tax that allows Cuyahoga County Arts & Culture to provide stipends to organizations “in the local arts and culture sector.” Pictured: Drag Queen Sassy Sascha teaches children the best way to apply drag make-up on the youth heart
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture values fairness in figuring out the way it distributes taxpayer cash.
“We recognize that our society is being challenged to overcome a complex web of inequalities, and we believe CAC is responsible for operating with an awareness of legacies of privilege and power that impact opportunity, access and resources,” claims It.
“This awareness will inform all of our policies and practices, including funding criteria, program development, hiring and resident involvement.”
Youth drag applications have sparked outrage throughout the nation, with many deeming them inappropriate for minors.
An identical one “Sleep 101 for Teens” program sparked controversy when it was held at a Columbus provincial library in 2019.
DailyMail.com has contacted Colors+ for remark. The group has locked down its Twitter feed.