In spite of a burgeoning global pandemic, the show must go on; drag queen story time will continue, but on an internet format amid social distancing and quarantine.
An article by LGBTQ Nation titled, ‘Coronavirus can’t stop drag queen story time. It’s going virtual now,’ announced that the controversial drag queen story time–which has taken many a public library by storm–will temporarily move online, so children can continue to access their readings.
A former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, who goes by the name Nina West, decided the show must go on, but in a different capacity.
Now, Drag Queen Story Hour has migrated to the internet, where it can be accessed on social media via livestream.
The official Drag Queen Story Hour Instagram page has advertised several slots to be streamed on the social media site as well as on Facebook Live.
West, the author of children’s book Drag Is Magic, held the first post-coronavirus online Drag Queen Story Hour.
Posting to Instagram, West said: “Yesterday was AMAZING!”
“Thank you to all of my friends who tuned in to the very first STORY TIME WITH NINA. This will be happening again (and again and again!).
“I hope this first story time brought some smiles to your face and the face of little ones in your life! We will be doing it again this Saturday!”
The Drag Queen Story Hour Instagram account, in their bio, asked for support, writing, “Help support working storytellers in our DQSH family that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” as social distancing and quarantine dries up immediate demand.
The account advertised scheduled livestream performances for several drag queens.
In another article for LGBTQ Nation, drag queens reportedly faced going online as social distancing has limited the possibility for public performances.
National File previously reported on sex workers across all continents claiming that their livelihoods had been hampered by the coronavirus and its consequences.