Pride month: Local governments host Drag Queen Story Hour events across country

To coincide with the start of LGBTQ Pride Month in June, dozens of taxpayer-funded libraries and other government agencies around the country are hosting drag queen story-telling events for children as young as 3. ing.

The DC Public Library is co-hosting Drug Storytime with performer Itbitti at Adams Morgan, in which “kids of all ages” are invited to learn about “diversity, self-love, and appreciation for others.” ing.

and Berkeley Public Library In California, children are invited to gather in nurseries and play a “fun Loteria game” similar to bingo with “drag queen and educator” Bella Aldama.

Kids of “all ages” are invited to the Drag Story Hour produced by drag queen Pickle at the West Hollywood Branch of the Los Angeles County Public Library.

Rich Kuntz aka Gidget reads to children at Drag Queen Story Hour on March 21, 2019. ((Sara Espedido/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images))

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of Auckland Public Library hosts Storytime for “Local Latino Non-binary Storytellers Per Sia” and Drag Queens.

Public libraries in Petaluma, Rincon Valley, Windsor, and Central Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, California are hosting drug story hours for toddlers through sixth grade.

“Books, Prizes, Events!” Event description To read. “Meet Bella the Drag King. She will be participating in children’s book readings and other fun learning activities.”

At the Lafayette Public Library in Colorado, children of “all ages” are invited to read aloud by entertainer Shirley Delta Blow.

“Come in your best clothes!” Event description state. “Drag Queen Storytime captures the imagination and gender fluidity of childhood play and shows children that humans come in all shapes, sizes and forms.”

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Drag queens Athena Kills (C) and Skaline Onyx wait for adults and children for the Drag Queen Story Hour at Cellar Door Books in Riverside, California on June 22, 2019 arrival. (Photo credit: Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images))

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and Denver Public Library5-year-olds can choose from at least three different drag queen events at various branches, including storytelling, karaoke, and bingo at Delta Blow.

The Public Libraries of Raleigh, Haverhill, Amesbury and Wilmington, Massachusetts, are hosting a virtual event called “Dishing Out Drugs” that will allow 13-year-olds to “experience the world of drag through the eyes of New England’s favorite drag queens.” is co-sponsored by Giganta Smalls. “

of Brookline Public Libraryalso hosts a drag queen story hour in Massachusetts that promotes “self-love, creativity and literacy” for “children ages 3-8.”

The New York Public Library is hosting two “Drug Story Hours” for children ages 3 to 12 this month at its Riverside branch.

“Drag Story Hour is a storytelling program designed for children.” Event description To read. “Local drag artists will guide you through reading books, singing songs, and other age-appropriate activities.”

The Chappaqua Library in Connecticut is hosting a drag queen storytime “for kids ages 3 to 6.”

“Come meet the wonderful angel Elektra, the extraordinary drag queen, and have a fun story time with books and songs!” the event description reads.

of Tigard Public Library Oregon’s hosts a drag queen storytime for kids with Miss Poison Waters.

The Hoboken Public Library in New Jersey is hosting a Drag Queen Story Hour with Harmonica Sunbeam at Church Square Park, where Mayor Rabbi Barra is also located. expected to participate.

Local governments also host pride events for all ages, including public drag queen performances.

All ages are invited to the Drag Queen Story Hour in Mansfield, Connecticut. Betsy Patterson Square As part of the town’s Pride Month celebrations.

Fairfax, Virginia is open to all ages. pride event At Old Town Hall, it will include “a dance party featuring performances by several drag queens throughout the evening.”

The Slover Public Library in Norfolk, Virginia, encourages children of all ages to participate in “an hour of great bingo fun with local drag legends Jennifer Warner and Sabrina Lawrence” Bingo Pride We are holding an event.

of park department Montgomery County, Maryland hosts a virtual drag queen story hour for kids with performer D’Manda Martini.

Drag queens are expected to appear in public elementary schools this month.

“Seattle’s favorite drag queen, Alexa Manila, is stopping by Whittier to read stories and have fun with us!” Reads the event description on the Seattle Elementary School PTA website.

“Drag queen storytime is all about love, acceptance and inclusion, giving kids engaging, positive and unabashed queer role models.” it says. “In story times like this, kids can see people defying strict gender restrictions and imagine a world where everyone can be their true selves.”

Montana last month became the first state to specifically ban people in drugs from reading to children in public schools and libraries. This is part of a series of laws aimed at the rights of the LGBTQ+ community in Montana and other states.

Florida and Tennessee bills also appear to ban drag-reading events, but both require performances to be sexual in nature and may be open to interpretation. Both bills face legal problems.

Montana’s law is unique in that it defines such events as events hosted by drag kings and drag queens where children’s books are read to underage children, but does not require a ban on sexual content. Body.

The bill, co-sponsored by more than half of the Republican-controlled Congress, took effect immediately after being signed into law on Monday by Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte.


Spokeswoman Caitlin Price said in a statement that the bill was passed because Gianforte “believes it is highly inappropriate for young children, especially preschoolers and elementary school children, to be exposed to sexual content.” said to have signed

Drag performers who opposed the bill said they have drag performances for children separate from drag performances for adults.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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