(DENVER, COLO.) – On Saturday, June 24, Denver’s Second Star to the Right Children’s Books hosted their first (but definitely not last!) Drag Queen story time. More than 200 people from all over Colorado filled the bookstore’s colorful backyard for the special presentation from the cast of DragOn, a local production. The Queens the cast showed off their passion and love for all things inclusive to the excited audience.
DragOn’s recent run at the Garner Galleria Theatre gave the independent bookstore the perfect opportunity to connect with the show’s four performers who in Drag Queen story Time. Reace, Shirley, Anthony, and Zarah are four drag queens who truly embrace what it means to be yourself. Dressed in their finest, they entertained all the attendees with songs and dancing and read stories that spoke of kindness, passion, and acceptance. All four of the readers, some of whom are teachers themselves, know the importance of embracing these ideas at a young age. Encouraging diversity and acceptance as well as a love for reading is truly the goal of the owners and staff at Second Star.
“We were thrilled to be able to bring Drag Queen story time and events promoting inclusion and and acceptance to the community,” said owner Dea Lavoie. “I have a personal connection as my next door neighbor is a trans child who attended this story time. It was so powerful to be able to show her that being who you want to be is ok.”
The goal of Drag Queen story time is to truly teach children (and adults) that being yourself is enough and to love and accept yourself. The Second Star family picked out several books including Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima, Be Who You Are by Todd Parr, and My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis. These books, and many others, are a great way to introduce children to the idea that they should accept people who are different from them and that it’s perfectly okay to express themselves.
Many who attended this event were very excited about this opportunity for their children, and they even got to take pictures with the Queens. Lavoie added, “The overwhelmingly positive response from the community reminds us all that there’s still an abundance of kindness to be found in our world, and that there’s indeed room for everyone.”
Second Star to the Right hopes to host more Drag Queen story times and educational inclusive programming in the future. For more information on Second Star to the Right and the store’s packed event calendar, go to www.secondstartotherightbooks.com.