GOP criticizes US-funded drag shows in Ecuador: “Wokified” State Department

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EXCLUSIVE: The Biden administration has come under criticism for funding drag shows in Ecuador with more than $20,000 in taxpayer money.

The State Department has been questioned by House Republicans on its decision in September to accept a $20,600 grant for the Abraham Lincoln North American Cultural Center in Ecuador. The organization will use the cash to host three workshops, 13 drag shows, and produce a two-minute video.

According to Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., “President Biden has ‘wokified’ the State Department and is abusing taxpayer funds to carry out a radical and unpopular agenda abroad.” “This program does not improve U.S. foreign policy, advance national interests, or strengthen national security.”

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The Biden administration has come under fire for funding drag shows in Ecuador with more than $20,000 in tax money.

Biggs and nearly a dozen other GOP legislators wrote to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday to ask for details regarding the grant’s selection process. Republicans are also curious to find out if the State Department is paying for further drag shows with tax dollars.

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The letter stated that “promoting drag does not connect in any way to the aforementioned purpose” and that “promot{ing} drag is not an appropriate use of public resources.” “Your department should concentrate its meager resources on furthering America’s national interests, not the left’s agenda,” the letter reads. “Instead of funding drag theatrical programs.”

This month, Fox News was the first to report about the funding. The program is strategically designed to promote “diversity, inclusion and representation to equity and accessibility,” according to the State Department, which justified its decision to give the roughly $21,000 appropriation.

A government official reported that “recent data reveal an alarming and lethal spike in violence against LGBTQI persons in Ecuador.” The program will encourage acceptance of communities that are disproportionately impacted by violence and advance important American values of diversity and inclusion of LGBTQI communities.

Requests for comment on this article from the State Department were not answered.

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