Now the Saint Louis Public Library is offering “drag queen” story-reading sessions aimed at young children.
The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch reports:
On Saturday afternoon, four drag queens walked into Central Library to lead story time for a boisterous group of toddlers and parents who packed a large room in the library.
The library’s first-ever drag queen story time was an opportunity to show children about the importance of diversity and inclusion, said Jen Hatton, spokeswoman for the library.
The playful event featured readers with stage names of Helena Handbag, Desiré Declyne, Maxi Glamour and Celeste Covington.
Similar “story time” events have been held at libraries in San Francisco, New York City, and Los Angeles. And, the organizer behind the original is hoping to make it a global phenomenon via the website DragQueenStoryHour.org:
DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.
The website shows photos of story hours held in public school classrooms, as well.