Anne Arundel’s drag community looks to build visibility with events like Drag Queen Storytime

Aug 19, 2018 by

The Glen Burnie Regional Library hosted the Anne Arundel County Public Library system’s first Drag Queen Storytime on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. The event was aimed at inclusion and LGBT positivity.

She walked amid a sea of small faces, all turned upward.

A towering headdress of seashells, flowers and feathers held in place a long periwinkle braid. Her cream gown, tied into place with fishing net, swirled as she turned to face the crowd of bouncing toddlers at the Glen Burnie Regional Library.

“My name is Balena Canto,” she exclaimed, her whale necklace swaying as she leaned toward the packed room.

Thus began the Anne Arundel County Public Library system’s first Drag Queen Storytime.

First started in San Francisco by activist Michelle Tea, these events — where drag queens read stories to children — have spread across the country and the world.

The Glen Burnie event was part of the library’s diversity celebration, said spokeswoman Christine Feldmann, and to promote empathy and inclusion. Despite some negative pushback, more than 100 parents and children drove from across the state to attend.

Source: Anne Arundel’s drag community looks to build visibility with events like Drag Queen Storytime – Baltimore Sun

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