Boston Public Library Hosting 10 Drag Queen Story Hour Events This Month

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Boston Public Library isn’t hosting one Drag Queen Story Hour this month.

It’s hosting 10.

The library’s web site initially said on May 30, 2024 that it would host nine of these events over the month of June — which it recognizes as Pride Month. However,  the library added one more last week that wasn’t previously scheduled.

The suggested age range for all of those events is 3 to 8 years old, according to their event listings.

Here is a list of those events:

 

  1. Friday, June 14: Drag Queen Story Time with Rose Quartz — Brighton branch (10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
  2. Monday, June 17: Celebrate Pride Month with Drag Queen Story Hour with Ms. Patty — Uphams Corner branch (11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.)
  3. Tuesday, June 18: Celebrate Pride Month with Drag Queen Story Hour with Ms. Patty — South End branch (11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.)
  4. Thursday, June 20: Bilingual Drag Story Time with Just JP/Hora del cuento bilingüe con Just JP — Connolly branch (11:00 a.m. to noon)
  5. Friday, June 21: Celebrate Pride Month with Drag Queen Story Hour with Ms. Patty — Honan-Allston branch (11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.)
  6. Monday, June 24: Celebrate Pride Month with Drag Queen Story Hour with Ms. Patty — Roslindale branch (11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m)
  7. Tuesday, June 25: Celebrate Pride Month with Drag Queen Story Hour with Ms. Patty — Grove Hall branch (11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.)
  8. Wednesday, June 26: Celebrate Pride Month with Drag Queen Story Hour with Ms. Patty — Fields Corner branch (11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.)
  9. Thursday, June 27: Celebrate Pride Month with Drag Queen Story Hour with Just JP — Roxbury branch (11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.)
  10. Friday, June 28: Celebrate Pride Month with Drag Queen Story Hour with Ms. Patty — Jamaica Plain branch (11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.)

 

Here is a description of Drag Queen Story Hour, according to the Drag Story Hour web site:

 

It’s just what it sounds like! Storytellers using the art of drag to read books to kids in libraries, schools, and bookstores. DSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where everyone can be their authentic selves! 

 

A NewBostonPost reporter attended a Drag Queen Story Hour hosted by Just JP at Plymouth Public Library in June 2021, and the drag performer read books that promoted a pro-homosexuality and pro-transgenderism message.

Just JP, a man, wore a dress, a hairpiece made out of fake flowers, and makeup. Just JP hosted the event with a drag king called Nuqueer, who appeared to be a woman with a mustache wearing a blue wig. 

The first book the two read was called Neither. It is about a creature born in a society of blue bunnies and yellow birds that doesn’t fit the society’s binary system. The main character is a green animal with bird wings and legs, but has rabbit ears.

The About section for the book on Amazon says:  “This colorful, simple, and touching story promotes diversity and offers a valuable lesson to the youngest of audiences:  it is our differences that unite us.”

The second book, Red: A Crayon’s Story, was about an incorrectly labeled crayon. It was about a blue crayon that had a red label and suffered an identity crisis as a result.

A third book they read is called Julian Is A Mermaid. It’s about a boy who dressed up as a mermaid; he didn’t know what his grandmother would think, but she supported him. Mermaids do not exist, but the definition of a mermaid (according to Merriam-Webster) is “a fabled marine creature with the head and upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish.”

The final book they read was Be Who You Are. It’s a book that, according to the author’s web site, “encourages kids to be proud of who they are inside.” The book encouraged kids to wear what they want, speak their own language, and be proud of where they come from.

When the first presenter finished reading the book, Just JP told the kids to “be proud” and to “Remember pride month is all year-round.”

A spokesman for Boston Public Library could not be reached for comment on Sunday or Monday.

 

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