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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.

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.

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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)

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 receive info about organizing your own event or chapter.

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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Merch

Support DQSH and show off your inner drag-queen-in-training!

DQSH Onesie
$20 each

DQSH Tote Bags
$20 each

DQSH Mug
$15.99 each

DQSH T-Shirts
starting at $21 each
(multiple colors available + sizing from toddlers to adults!)

Press

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

Write About Us

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]

#standwithstoryhour

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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If your company would like to sponsor Drag Queen Story Hour, please email [email protected].