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Drag queens read stories to kids in Birmingham

Drag queens read stories to kids in Birmingham

Are you sitting comfortably? Children listen-in to Drag Story Time. Photo: @CarlDurose Twitter

Drag queens entertained children in the British city of Birmingham today by reading stories featuring same-sex partners.

The move was a response to a growing dispute from parents about LGBTI stories being read in schools as part of a programme called the No Outsiders Programme.

The books read today at the city’s museum were form part of the No Outsiders programme at the centre of the row.

Parents, mostly of Muslim faith, have been protesting against the lessons at Birmingham’s Parkfield Community School since January. Many claimed the lessons are not appropriate and against their religion.

Once upon a time: Drag queens make storytelling fun. Photo: @CarlDurose Twitter
Once upon a time: Drag queens make storytelling fun. Photo: @CarlDurose Twitter

Drag queens’ story time

Today’s Drag Story Time at the museum was organised in response to “celebrate diversity”, the BBC reported.

Adam Carver, who runs ‘Fantabulosa!’, the group behind the story time, told the BBC the protests have had “a real impact on the LGBTQI+ community”.

“I wanted to do something that would be really positive, but also give people the chance to hear the stories that are involved in these programmes for themselves.

Myths and misconceptions

“There’s been a lot of myths and a lot of misconceptions around what’s happening.”

Drag Queen, Yshee Black read one of the books, King and King, to the children at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

“It’s a story of loving who you love and everyone just accepting that,” she said. “What’s a bit of love? Everyone’s equal… and that’s what we’re here to show the kids, just love.”

The protests, which started in January, have now spread to other schools and the BBC reported that some in Manchester are also now complaining.

Carver’s Fantabulosa posted a thank you note on Twitter and vowed to return in June with a “full theatrical show”.

“Thanks to everyone who came down for Drag a Story Time today and to the brilliant @BM_AG for hosting us!” It read, “We’ll be back with our full theatrical show at BMAG on June 1st! Follow us for more details and updates.

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