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

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Dozens of taxpayer-funded libraries and different authorities agencies crossed the state are hosting resistance queen storytime for children arsenic young arsenic 3 arsenic LGBTQ Pride Month kicked disconnected the period of June.

The DC Public Library is co-hosting a Drag Storytime with performer IttyBitty in Adams Morgan, wherever "children of each ages" are invited to larn astir "diversity, self-love and an appreciation of others."

At the Berkeley Public Library successful California, kids are invited to stitchery successful the children’s country for a "fun crippled of Lotería," akin to Bingo, with "drag queen and educator" Bella Aldama.

Children of "all ages" are invited to Drag Story Hour astatine the West Hollywood subdivision of the LA County Public Library, which is produced by Pickle the Drag Queen.

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Rich Kuntz, besides known arsenic Gidget, reads to children during Drag Queen Story Hour connected March 21, 2019.  ((Sarah Espedido/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images))


The Oakland Public Library is hosting a resistance queen storytime with "local Latinx non-binary storyteller Per Sia."

The Petaluma, Rincon Valley, Windsor and Central Santa Rosa nationalist libraries successful Sonoma County, California, are hosting resistance communicative hours for infants done 6th grade.

"Books, Prizes & Events!" the event description reads. "Meet resistance king Vera, who volition work children’s books and prosecute successful different amusive learning activities."

At the Lafayette Public Library successful Colorado, children of "all ages" are invited to be a storytime with entertainer Shirley Delta Blow.

"Come dressed successful your finest!" the event description states. "Drag Queen Storytime captures the imaginativeness and sex fluidity of puerility play and shows children that radical travel successful each shapes, sizes, and forms!"

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Drag queens Athena Kills (C) and Scalene Onixxx get to awaiting adults and children for Drag Queen Story Hour astatine Cellar Door Books successful Riverside, California, connected June 22, 2019. ((Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)        (Photo recognition should work FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images))


At the Denver Public Library, kids arsenic young arsenic 5 person their prime of astatine slightest 3 antithetic resistance queen events astatine antithetic branches, including a storytime, karaoke and Bingo with Delta Blow.

The Rowley, Haverhill, Amesbury and Wilmington nationalist libraries successful Massachusetts are co-hosting a virtual lawsuit called, "Dishing Out Drag," truthful that kids arsenic young arsenic 13 tin "experience the satellite of resistance done the eyes of fashionable New England Drag Queen Giganta Smalls."

The Brookline Public Library, besides successful Massachusetts, is hosting a resistance queen communicative hr to beforehand "self-love, creativity, and literacy" for "kids ages 3-8."

The New York Public Library is holding a Drag Story Hour doubly this period astatine the Riverside subdivision for children ages 3 to 12.

"Drag Story Hour is simply a storytelling programme designed for children," the event description reads. "A section resistance creator volition work representation books, sing songs, and pb different age-appropriate activities."

In Connecticut, the Chappaqua Library is hosting a resistance queen storytime "geared to children 3-6."

"Come conscionable the fabulous Angel Elektra, Drag Queen Extraordinaire, for a amusive filled storytime with books and songs!" the lawsuit statement reads.

The Tigard Public Library successful Oregon is hosting a resistance queen storytime for kids with Miss Poison Waters.

The Hoboken Public Library successful New Jersey is hosting a resistance queen communicative hr with Harmonica Sunbeam successful Church Square Park, wherever Mayor Ravi Bhalla is besides expected to participate.

Local governments are besides holding all-ages Pride events that see nationalist resistance queen performances.

In Mansfield, Connecticut, each ages are invited to a resistance queen communicative hr successful Betsy Paterson Square arsenic portion of the town’s Pride Month celebration.

In Fairfax, Virginia, each ages are invited to its Pride event astatine Old Town Hall, which volition see a "dance enactment featuring respective resistance queen performances passim the evening."

The Slover nationalist room successful Norfolk, Virginia, is hosting a Bingo pridefulness lawsuit encouraging children of each ages to articulation for "an hr of fabulous BINGO amusive with section resistance queen legends Jennifer Warner and Sabrina Laurence."

The parks department successful Montgomery County, Maryland, is hosting a virtual resistance queen communicative hours for kids with performer D’Manda Martini.

Drag queens are adjacent scheduled to look astatine nationalist simple schools this month.

"Popular Seattle resistance queen, Aleksa Manila volition beryllium stopping by Whittier to walk an evening with america to work stories and person immoderate fun!" reads an lawsuit statement connected the Whittier Elementary School PTA website successful Seattle.

"Drag Queen communicative clip is each astir love, acceptance, inclusion and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer relation models!" it says. "During communicative times similar this one, kids volition beryllium capable to spot radical who defy rigid sex restrictions and ideate a satellite wherever everyone tin beryllium their authentic selves!" 

Last month, Montana became the archetypal authorities to specifically prohibition radical dressed successful resistance from speechmaking books to children astatine nationalist schools and libraries, portion of a big of authorities aimed astatine the rights the LGBTQ+ assemblage successful Montana and different states.

Bills successful Florida and Tennessee besides look to effort to prohibition resistance speechmaking events, but some necessitate the performances to beryllium intersexual successful nature, which could beryllium up for interpretation. Both bills besides look ineligible challenges.

Montana’s instrumentality is unsocial due to the fact that — portion it defines specified an lawsuit arsenic 1 hosted by a resistance king oregon resistance queen who reads children’s books to insignificant children — it does not necessitate a intersexual constituent to beryllium banned.

The bill, which was co-sponsored by much than fractional of the Republican-controlled legislature, took contiguous effect aft Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte signed it connected Monday.


Gianforte signed the measure due to the fact that helium "believes it’s wildly inappropriate for small kids, particularly preschoolers and kids successful simple school, to beryllium exposed to sexualized content," spokesperson Kaitlin Price said successful a statement.

Drag performers who opposed the authorities said they person abstracted resistance performances for children compared to those intended for adults.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jessica Chasmar is simply a integer writer connected the authorities squad for Fox News and Fox Business. Story tips tin beryllium sent to

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