Drag Story Time

I don’t think that’s a lesson that kids that age, or even a bit older, need to be taught. They are naturally very accepting. As far as I can see, Drag Queen Story Hour is simply bringing the pantomime dame tradition to the US. Kids have always loved, and responded well to, pantomime dames.

I think this is more about the drag queens, to be honest. They are performers; drag is a performance; story hour is a performance opportunity before an audience that is (a) novel; (b) pretty demanding; but (c) accepting. They are validated as artistes, and for what their performance signifies, if it is received and enjoyed by this audience.

If you have your kids interact with all sorts of different people at 3, 4, 5, and 6 years of age then when they’re 6, 7, and 8 you won’t have to teach them people are people because they’ll already know that based on their own experiences.

There is a huge performance aspect to drag, which as you note can make them good storytellers. It’s actually not any different than have someone dressed as a clown or an elf or robin hood tell a story to your kids. The reader is a person in a costume assuming a role.

Frankly, as a young child I was terrified of clowns. I’d probably would have found a man dressed as a woman much less frightening.

All very good points. Keep them coming!

Yeah, but those kids will grow. Better to start them with the assumption there is nothing wrong with looking different rather than hoping they have that epiphany later.

“You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught.”

–South Pacific

Lyrics – why I’m referencing this song

Aside from the fact that it can be a helluva entertaining show, I applaud parents who are removing the stigma from something that simply is NOT “inherently wrong.”

I’ve long said that the combination of red hair and green eyes is statistically a minority, but that there’s nothing ‘inherently wrong’ about that combo either.

So … good show … enriching and broadening experience. It’s like traveling to a country totally unlike one’s own, but much, much cheaper :wink:

Librarian and parent here: I’m all for it. They’ve done them in my neighborhood park; if anyone wants to mess with it, they gotta deal with me (and most of the neighborhood).

Excellect! What is it you like anout it? What is appealing for the drag queen? And what is appealing for the kids?


Your kids will just grow up knowing that people come in all colors, shapes, sizes, etc… and that they should be treated equally and respectfully, if you model that for them early on.

It’s like religion, food preferences, senses of humor, and so on. Kids are keen observers of what their parents, relatives, and other close community members do, and if they’re all accepting, they will be too.

Absolutely. And whilst I think about it, the Principle Boy (male protagonist) was traditionally played by a young woman. Kids have been fine with it for ever.


Quite a bit of childhood is about playing with being different sorts of people (or animals, or trains, planes, cars, tractors, you name it), so it’s hardly a stretch for them to see grown-ups doing it too. It’s just the 'funny lady telling a story". Tomorrow it’ll be something different. After all a lot of us grew up being taken to Sunday School to listen to a bloke in a frock telling us fantastic tales about miracles.

Kids already start out with that assumption.


Never hurts to maintain that assumption.

It’s not just “maintaining that assumption”, but fighting to cancel out all the other cultural signals, intentional and otherwise, that being different (and in particular being LGBTQ+) is wrong.

A joke making the rounds recently:

The American right’s current efforts to incite a moral panic about LGBT people and drag performers does not lead to the conclusion that exposure to LGBT people and drag performers is detrimental to children. The conclusions it does lead to are unsuitable for expression in this forum.

The answer to the OP as to why Drag Story Time is a thing is: it’s fun. That’s it. It’s fun, kids like it, so why not? Men in drag has been a staple of comedy for eons anyway, and the whole drag scene is (largely) supportive of self-expression, entertaining and amusing. This is just using the power of drag for good.

The drag queen gets to be themselves, and the kids hear a good story.

Lest we Brits pat ourselves on the back too hard…

(That’s as in “the town of Reading (England)” rather than “reading a story”).

The next headline in that particular google was The Daily Express and began


- which anyone can google if they wish, but I ain’t linking to the Express as a matter of policy.

FWIW - I confess, I had no idea that Drag Queen Story Time had started up in the UK. In my defense - it’s no biggie.


When my daughter was ~5, she loved going to the town library for story hour. One week she came home and asked me how long ago dinosaurs were alive. I told her 50 million years ago. She shook her head knowingly and told me the librarian was a liar. Turns out one of the kids asked the librarian how old she was and the librarian said when she was their age there were dinosaurs.

The UK far-right (up to and including the Tories) have been increasingly borrowing tactics and narratives from the American far-right. Even when it doesn’t really make sense.

65 million, minimum. Sorry.

Hey, she was 5. :wink:

She’s just a simple frozen caveman librarian.