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Your Kids Should Not Check Out Drag Queen Story Hour


In the fall of 2015, the first Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) was held at the San Francisco Public Library. A joint project of queercore writer Michelle Tea and San Francisco queer arts group RADAR Productions, DQSH is, according to its website (, "just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children." In 2018, RADAR passed the program on to the San Francisco Public Library and local chapters to manage.1 Libraries, by and large, have been cooperative, and in five years, DQSH has grown to more than fifty independently funded and managed chapters worldwide.

Events are designed for children ages 3–8, and usually last about 45...


has a BS in Computer Science and worked as a software engineer with IBM until she hopped off the career track to be a full-time mom. She lives in Indianapolis, IN, and writes on apologetics and matters of faith.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #53, Summer 2020 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |


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