GALLERY: Drag Queen Story Hour brings themes of acceptance to children

By Kendall Tamer and Katharine Swindells
BU News Service

Young families gathered at Trident Booksellers in Back Bay Saturday morning for a wholesome book-reading event. But with a twist.

The books were read by Kirbie Fully Loaded, one of the drag queens involved in the global phenomenon that is Drag Queen Story Hour.

Parents watched as a crowd of young children gathered around Kirbie while she read picture books with themes of LGBT+ families and acceptance.

Kirbie is a social worker by day and performs at gay nightclubs across the city by night, she said. She had been performing until 3 a.m. the night before and woke early to reapply her stage makeup and come to the reading.

She said she has been doing drag performance for two years and is a regular at Story Hour.

“It combines my two loves,” she said. “Children and drag.”

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