Congressman Doug LaMalfa joined 32 Republican members of Congress in introducing the Stop Sexualization of Children Act of 2022. This legislation will prohibit federal, state, local governments and private organizations from using federal tax dollars to expose children under 10 to sexually explicit material.
“Classrooms and libraries are a place for our children to learn English, math, and history – not be exposed to radical general ideology and sexually explicit ‘Drag Queen Storytimes,’” LaMalfa said. “This bill is common-sense; not a dime of federal tax dollars should go to any public school, government agency or private organization that intentionally exposes young children to sexually explicit material.”
Background on the legislation
The Stop Sexualization of Children Act of 2022 prohibits the use of federal funds to develop, implement, facilitate or fund any sexually-oriented program, event or literature for children under the age of 10. The bill prohibits federal funds from being used to host or promote events where adults dance salaciously or strip for children.
“Sexuality-oriented” is defined as any depiction, description or simulation of sexual activity, any lewd or lascivious depiction or description of human genitals or any topic involving sexual orientation, gender identity, gender dysphoria or related subjects.
Planned Parenthood, for example, is encouraging legislatures and school boards around the country to implement sexual education curricula that teaches radical gender theory to children under 10. Children should be learning about reading, writing, and mathematics, not radical gender theory.
Federal grants from the Department of Health and Human Services were recently used to fund an event in Alaska where a drag queen performed for children. The Department of Defense is funding drag shows for families on military bases and incorporating radical gender ideology into curricula at DOD schools. HHS and DOD funding should be used to keep our country healthy and safe, not to stage burlesque shows for children.
The legislation allows parents to file a lawsuit against any public or private entity that uses federal dollars to expose their young children to sexually explicit materials or programs. Any organization that violates the law more than once in a 5-year period, would lose access to federal funds for 3 years.