Drag Queens Are Library’s Kid’s Story Tellers

For almost half a year now, the Public Library in Brooklyn, NY, has featured drag queen story tellers. Dressed in the usual sequins and bangles, these men in drag read stories to kids that have messages of accepting people who are different. Parents, of course, know they are drag queens because it is advertised as such. They happily expose their children to this counter culture of the human experience.

Had such an opportunity been available when my children went to Saturday morning story time I would have been delighted to bring them. There is nothing immoral or harmful about men dressed as women. For whatever reason, it is treated in the Bible as a taboo.

I have watched kids react to a man in drag here in Des Moines. There is a young man,  studying to be an actuary, who is in many theater productions. A year ago he played both a male teacher and the lunch lady. After the play actors are in the lobby signing programs–in this case there were lots of kids. He came out still in drag and kids lined up to get her (his) autograph. I was standing near him when a little boy asked, “Miss Lunch Lady, what’s you real name?” He replied, “It’s in the play program. It’s a boy’s name.”

Most every kid feels at one time or another he/she is different. Teaching that it is OK to be different is a good thing to do.

15 Responses

    1. Jinx II

      Most Drag Queens really got it together and are anything but confused. They know who they are and have the self confidence to show it to the world. I have met a few and find them to be refreshingly honest with themselves and others and don’t take crap from know nothings. I bet they are delightful readers to the kids who instinctively understand there is something different about all of us and accept it as good and normal.

  1. Juan Ruiz

    Traditional Japanese kabuki uses men to play women’s roles. In Shakespeare’s time, boys often played women’s roles. Conversely, in opera, women played the parts of boys (e.g., Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” and Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera”).

    1. entech

      I have had the good fortune to see the Takarazuka all Girls revue at the original theatre near Osaka.

  2. Matt Noah

    There is a world of difference between an actor playing a part and a person who is tragically confused about their gender.

    1. Matt 10:04 There is a world of difference between an actor playing a part and a person who is tragically confused about their gender.

      That is an interesting observation. Nearly all, if not all, the references in the Bible used to condemn homosexuality and gay marriage are actually about straight men dressed as women.

  3. Rob

    Self absorbed attention seeking sexually confused men influencing today’s youth…. well, at least nobody’s praying in there. SMH.

    1. Rob 1:05 Self absorbed attention seeking sexually confused men influencing today’s youth

      Tell us about the conversations you have had with drag performers and what you learned that provided you with this expert diagnosis.

      1. The very definition of drag performers is that they “perform” in an overly sexualized manner. But to no surprise I guess you feel this is proper behavior in front of young children. As long as there’s no praying, anything goes.

  4. Matt Noah

    What happens for 6 months in Brooklyn, NY rarely makes it to America’s heartland. On the other hand, perhaps Jon would be willing to give it a whirl in Iowa in the near future, all in the name of diversity.

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