PSYCHOLOGY

Drag Queen Story Hour: Teaching Children There's No Such Thing As "Boy" Things Or "Girl" Things

Date May 15, 2019 12:19

Drag queens are male artists who dress as women, often entertaining audiences in bright makeup and costumes. You can see them on stages, ranging from amateur performances in bars to professional productions. They also attend pride parades and similar events. But lately, queens are more and more often seen in libraries and kindergartens.

Drag Queen Story Hour

Drag Queen Story Hour is a company whose employees read stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. In the form of a game, children learn that there are different people in the world, including cross-dressers and transgenders. This program helps kids to stay free from gender stereotypes and also prevents bullying.

This program is gaining momentum in many cities in the US and the UK, and is gradually spreading across the globe.

The feedback is mostly positive. This is what Alexis Hernandez, the teacher of first graders, wrote:

Drag Queen Story Hour gave my first graders a fun and interactive platform to discuss talk and think about social and emotional issues like acceptance, being yourself, and loving who you are.

The company predominantly aims at 2 and 3-year-old children because at this age, children have not yet formed any stereotypes and it is therefore easy to teach tolerance.

How do you feel about this idea? Share your opinion in the comments!