The Drag Queen Story Hour at the Lambertville Public Library at 10:45 a.m. Saturday will feature an imaginative storytelling experience with two charismatic performers, local drag queens Morgan Kennedy and Vertigo.
Attendees can also participate in “rainbow crafting” at the event, and walk across the bridge to New Hope to watch the New Hope Celebrates flag unfurling that kicks off Pride Week at 11:45 a.m. Reservations are required for this family-only event, and those interested can RSVP online.
Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is a global movement originating in San Francisco. It captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models, say organizers. 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. DQSH teaches children to embrace gender diversity in themselves and in others, and helps to curb bullying of LGBTQ children and kids who may be perceived as different in all kinds of ways. LGBTQ-positive programs like DQSH are a vital part of making the world a safe and affirming place for all children.
Drag is an artistic way of expressing one’s self and showing the world different parts of who one is and wants to be. Drag queens often express their feminine sides or different aspects of their gender and personality through dressing up, putting on performances, marching in parades, and volunteering in their communities. There are drag queens, drag kings, drag princes, and drag princesses—anyone can be any of the above. All that matters is that, when you play and dress up, you feel comfortable and creative.
The Lambertville Public Library is hosting additional story hours on June 8 and July 13.