Community Cafe, a restaurant in the Grand Central District, has been presenting a special event for everyone: Drag Queen Story Hour. Drag Queen Story Hour, formed by Adira Elham, is exactly what it sounds like: drag queens reading stories to children.This fabulous event captures the imagination of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly LGBTQ+ role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.
This event, while happy and filled with love, has been protested by anti-LGBT groups. Families, organizer Sonny Stewart, and entertainer Dixie Lynn Michaels arrived to find a group of nearly ten protestors. They were equipped with microphones, cameras, and signage.
According to Watermark, Stewart said, “To me, this symbolizes how much they want to see us fail. We just want to let the children know they are loved and we’re here to support them. If at every event we have these guys out here, so be it. We’re not going to stop.”
Their next event just happens to be their Pride Extravaganza. On June 1st, at 10am, kick off Pride Week a little early with the kiddos and join Community Cafe for a special Pride edition of Drag Queen Story Hour.
Keep up to date with Drag Queen Story Hour’s upcoming events on their Facebook page.
Kacy is a freelance writer for I Love the Burg. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a degree in Mass Communications and Criminology. Her thesis on Deaf and Disability representation in the media was published as part of the DePauw University Ethics Symposium in 2018.