Support Drag Queen Story Hour Against Anti-LGBTQ Attacks
Drag Queens: Shantay, You Stay! Haters: Sashay Away!
Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, bookstores, and beyond! DQSH 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 people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.
Created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco, DQSH now has chapters all over the world and events have been held in more than 100 cities, from Anchorage, AK to Atlanta, GA, from Galveston, TX to Glasgow, Scotland, and from California's Central Valley to Central Hong Kong.
Help Us Fight Back Against Right-Wing Attacks
In recent months, DQSH has been the target of several attacks from those who wish to prevent us from spreading our message of love and acceptance to children around the world. For example, the Family Policy Alliance launched a campaign to urge legislators to stop DQSH events in libraries, and Pat Robertson released this rambling video condemning our work. Conservative groups and individuals have also staged protests outside of readings (including in Brooklyn and San Francisco), though we're proud to say that they've always been greatly outnumbered by LGBTQ families and our allies who support our work. And in some towns, local politicians are even putting pressure on libraries to cancel scheduled DQSH events.
But we refuse to be silenced. Now more than ever we need your help to fight back against these anti-LGBTQ attacks. Our goal is to strengthen our organization and ensure that our local DQSH chapters across the country have the resources they need to face backlash in their own communities. We believe that reading is indeed fundamental, and while DQSH may not be for everyone, we’re committed to standing up against hate and censorship one library at a time.
We hope you’ll join us in spreading our playful passion to all corners of our country and world—especially those that could use a bit of a makeover when it comes to diversity and acceptance.
Help us reach our goal by Coming Out Day — Thursday, October 11!
How Will the Funds Be Used?
Funds raised will go to our New York City-based nonprofit organization, where we are working to provide a stronger support network for our sister DQSH chapters around the world. This fundraiser will specifically help us build infrastructure to "level up" as an organization, including applying for grants, coordinating between local chapters, hosting more events, and developing resources for our sister chapters, particularly in places where acceptance of LGBTQ people and culture isn't a given.
Show Your DQSH Pride with Stickers
As a thank you, anyone who donates $10 or more will receive a 12-pack of our new “Drag Queen In Training” stickers to share with your family and friends! (Must be in the United States.) To receive your stickers, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/MncvUUSAJpETulod2 . (GoFundMe doesn’t provide us with your contact info, so you’ll need to fill out the form to claim your reward.)
[Photo credit: Paolo Quadrini. Video music: bensound.com.]