While the annual ritual of filing one’s taxes might be fairly displeasing already, there is ample room for compounding the misery of this custom by bestowing tax revenue on controversial projects. So demonstrates the U.S. State Department in its newest stunt, by its approval of a grant of $20,600 to support Ecuadorian drag culture.
Part of this grant would go towards the funding of no fewer than 12 “drag theater performances.” The performances are to be held at the Abraham Lincoln North American Ecuadorian Center in Cuenca, which is its recipient.
As can be gleaned from the description, the relatively modest sum of $20,600 is to “promote diversity and inclusion.” Apart from the theater performances, it will also go towards hosting 3 workshops, as well as producing a 2-minute documentary. Precise details about the initiatives remain undisclosed.
As a condition, all of these projects—having already begun this year on September 30th—need to be completed by the end of August, 2023.
The State Department justifies the grant as part of a wider effort to “support the achievement of U.S. foreign policy goals and objectives, advance national interests, and enhance national security by informing and influencing foreign publics and by expanding and strengthening the relationship between the people and government of the United States and citizens of the rest of the world.”
As originally reported by ACI Prensa, the Catholic News Agency’s Spanish-language news partner, and translated by CNA, Alicia Boroto, director of the Abraham Lincoln North American Ecuadorian Center, told the outlet that her program seeks to provide a space for “cultural exchange and creative expression for adolescents and young adults to promote tolerance.”
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