Drag queens are reading in the heart of the historic Castro district, but it’s not what you think.
Radar Productions, a San Francisco non-profit that produces literary happenings, is holding a storytelling hour at the Harvey Milk Memorial Library, with RuPaul’s Drag Race queen Honey Mahogany.
Dressed in full drag regalia, Honey will read to the children, paint faces, hand out cookies and share her experiences working as a queen in San Francisco.
It’s the third drag storytelling hour hosted by Radar.
“I think generally queers are not mixed with kids—especially drag queens,” executive director Juliana Delgado Lopera told SFGate. “It’s really beautiful to have drag queens painting children’s faces and telling stories. It’s disrupting that idea that queers can’t mix with kids.”
Lopera admits that the kids were a bit hesitant at the first event, but they quickly warmed up.
“It’s a kid’s world to be very imaginative. If children were allowed they would dress up every day. I don’t think they’re thinking about gender assumptions. They’re just seeing the drag queens as other people who are being imaginative.”
The Drag Storytelling Hour is the latest initiative of Radar’s “Queering the Castro” program, which injects the neighborhood “with a much-needed jolt of radical queer art, activism, attitude and happenings.”
To join in on the fun, stop by the Eureka Valley Harvey Milk Memorial Library on March 12, from noon to 2pm. And catch an all-new season of queens when RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 debuts on March 7 at 9/8, only on Logo.