Because reading is fundamental for all ages.
The latest episode of 60 Second Docs, a millennial-aimed online documentary series, offers a quick look at New York Public Library’s Drag Queen Story Hour, a regular event where drag queens make story time more fabulous by reading picture books to kids.
New York drag queen Angel Elektra, who grew up in a Christian household where she had to remain closeted, now takes the time to read stories to children to help teach them about diversity and acceptance.
“This type of activity opens a child’s eyes to what being different is all about,” says Elektra, who recently read a book called Everyone Is Different. “It has to start somewhere. I wish, when I was growing up, there was a program like this where they can explain and teach children to accept anyone. This is a great way of opening that vision to them.”
“It doesn’t matter what gender you are, or where you come from, we’re all people, we’re all human, and we should love ourselves first.”
Other queens such as Merrie Cherry and Honey Mahogany also participate in Drag Queen Story Hour events at select libraries and public schools in New York and San Francisco.
Watch the new 60 Second Docs episode below.