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WHAT IS DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR?

Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. 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.

Read about the herstory and creators of DQSH.

“Drag Queen Story Hour is a fun and important program that celebrates diversity in the way that children may dress and act. It encourages children to look beyond gender stereotypes and embrace unfettered exploration of self. Programs like DQSH encourage acceptance of difference and help to prevent bullying, while providing an enjoyable literary experience.”

Judy Zuckerman, Director of Youth and Family Services, Brooklyn Public Library

Events

Due to a bug in Facebook’s events widget, not all of our events are displayed on our website.  Please visit our Facebook page to see our full list of upcoming events.

DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR LIVESTREAM EXPERIENCE

Drag Queen Story Hour is committed to creating diverse, accessible, and safe spaces, so we wanted to share a brief update on our programming amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Most importantly, all DQSH events are produced locally and independently, so DQSH chapters and event organizers will determine whether events can safely move forward or if it’s better to cancel/postpone. We are strongly encouraging all organizers to consult with their local libraries/venues, governments, and community leaders, to take into account public health measures, and to consider the needs of our most at-risk community members (including elderly, disabled, chronically ill, and low-income folks).

To our audiences: Please check your “local listings” (including the FB event page and DQSH chapter’s or venue’s social media accounts) before heading out to see whether an event is taking place as originally advertised. And of course, if you’re not feeling well, please stay home or seek medical care — and know that we’re sending you rainbows of quick recovery!

(last updated March 12, 2020)

“What an amazing way to teach individuality, empathy, and acceptance! Drag Queen Story Hour gave my first graders a fun and interactive platform to talk and think about social and emotional issues like acceptance, being yourself, and loving who you are. Through books, songs, arts and crafts, and movement activities, they explored these issues and had an amazing time doing it! During our debrief after DQSH, they were preaching the incredible lessons they had learned, like “It’s ok to be different,” and “There’s no such thing as ‘boy’ things or ‘girl’ things.” I was proud to be able to have DQSH at my school and will definitely be planning another story hour for next year!”

Alexis Hernandez, first grade teacher at PS 118, the Maurice Sendak Community School (Brooklyn)

Chapters

Drag Queen Story Hour events are happening all over the world at libraries, schools, bookstores, museums, summer camps, afterschool programs, and other community spaces! Each chapter is independently operated and funded. Click on the links below to connect with your local chapter. 

If your community doesn’t yet have a chapter, contact [email protected] to request info about organizing your own event or chapter.

United States

Alabama

Mobile

Arizona

Arizona

California

Los Angeles
Palm Springs
San Diego
San Francisco Bay Area

Colorado

Boulder

Northern Colorado

Connecticut

Danbury

Florida

Miami
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GEORGIA

Atlanta

Illinois

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Indiana

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Kentucky

Louisville

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Maryland

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Montgomery County

Massachusetts

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Nebraska

Lincoln

New Jersey

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New York

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New York City
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North Carolina

Charlotte
Raleigh

OHIO

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OREGON

Portland

Pennsylvania

Reading

Pittsburgh

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

Block Island

Tennessee

Tennessee

Texas

El Paso

Utah

Salt Lake City

Vermont

Vermont

Washington

Tacoma

Wisconsin

Milwaukee

International Chapters

Asia

Tokyo

 

Australia

Western Australia

 

Latin America

Mexico

 

“Self-acceptance and self-love are what lead me to do drag. Once I learned how to embrace my femininity, I wanted to explore that and express it in a creative way. Drag is the perfect outlet for me to do so. Through DQSH, I hope to be a positive, queer role model for kids. It’s important kids know that it’s okay to be different. Diversity is part of what makes humanity beautiful, and I’m just one example or facet of what that looks like.”

Cholula Lemon, storyteller, DQSH NYC

Organize your own events

If you don’t yet have a DQSH chapter in your community and would like to set one up, contact [email protected].

Please include the city and state you’re located in and in what capacity you would like to be involved (ie: performer, organizer, educator, venue).

After a scheduled phone call and completed vetting process, you will be sent a New Chapter Onboarding Packet which contains guidelines and best practices for organizing your own events and starting your own official DQSH chapter.

Please do not organize your own DQSH events without reaching out to us first.

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“It’s really beautiful to have drag queens painting children’s faces and telling stories. It’s a kid’s world to be very imaginative. If children were allowed they would dress up every day. I don’t think they’re thinking about gender assumptions. They’re just seeing the drag queens as other people who are being imaginative.”

Juli Delgado Lopera, co-founder of DQSH and former Executive Director of RADAR Productions

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“Drag Queen Story Hour is a wonderful program that helps to bring acceptance of diversity to our communities. At the most recent DQSH at The Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library, the presenter, Black Benatar, read ‘My Princess Boy,’ by Cheryl Kilodavis. When she finished reading, she asked the children (about 40 of them), “If you met a Princess Boy, would you make fun of him?” and all the children said, “No!” Then she asked them if they would ask him to play with them, and they all said, “Yes!” I had tears in my eyes, it was so beautiful and moving. This program is more important than ever.”

Bix Warden, Children’s Librarian, San Francisco Public Library

Media

“Tall Tales with True Queens” is a short film directed by Kristina Budelis and Leandro Badalotti that offers a taste of Drag Queen Story Hour from our NYC chapter. As  9-year-old attendee Lilli says in the film, “Drag queens should go on and never stop, because I think it’s a really cool program.” The film was scheduled to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival (canceled due to the pandemic) and premiered on the LGBTQ news site them.

Press Coverage

Drag Queen Story Hours have been covered in a whole bunch of media, from the New York Times to The Guardian, Vice, and beyond!  Check out some of our favorite stories below.

Write About Drag queen story hour

If you’re a reporter who would like to cover one of our upcoming events, please reach out to the local chapter or contact [email protected].

“Drag Queen Story Hour is a safe space, and it is a reminder that for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider that they can find community—both in real time, and in the escape of literature.”

Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker, DQSH Atlanta

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“DQSH opens a child’s eyes to what being different is all about,” says Elektra, who recently read a book called Everyone Is Different. “It has to start somewhere. I wish, when I was growing up, there was a program like this where they can explain and teach children to accept anyone… It doesn’t matter what gender you are, or where you come from, we’re all people, we’re all human, and we should love ourselves first.” 

Angel Elektra, DQSH Westchester and NYC

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In just the past few years, Drag Queen Story Hour has gone from a few big cities to a growing network of more than 50 chapters worldwide.  Unfortunately, nearly everywhere we shine the haters follow. But we refuse to be silenced!  Now more than ever we need your help to fight back against anti-LGBTQ censorship and attacks.

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Please note that this is for the global DQSH network. Some chapters may use our list to send local event announcements, while others maintain their own email lists separately. We'll never share your info outside of our network.

October Giveaway:
Matsugay Lashes!

Winner will be announced October 21st, 2020. *US only