Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Campbell Co-Hosting Drag Queen Story Hour Event In Boston This Thursday

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What does an attorney general do? 

For Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Campbell, that role involves co-hosting a Drag Queen Story Hour event.

Campbell plans to co-host the Drag Queen Story Hour event at More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore at 242 East Berkeley Street in Boston from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, according to online listings for the event. 

Campbell will co-host the event with a drag queen named Just JP.

A NewBostonPost reporter attended a Drag Queen Story Hour at Plymouth Public Library in June 2021 hosted by Just JP. At the event, 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. He 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 Nuqueer finished reading the book, Just JP told the kids to “be proud” and to “Remember pride month is all year-round.”

This Drag Queen Story Hour co-hosted by Campbell in Boston is in addition to the 10 Drag Queen Story Hour events Boston Public Library is hosting this month, as NewBostonPost previously reported.

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! 

 

One can register to attend the event with Campbell here.

 

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