If you’ve been spending time with kids over the past few months, you know how hard this pandemic has been for all children. LGBTQ+ youth are facing disproportionate mental health challenges due to being
isolated from peers and school support systems. That’s why Drag Queen Story Hour public programming is now more important than ever.
Drag Queen Story Hour NYC provides a range of fun and fabulous educational experiences for children and teens in libraries, schools, museums, and community spaces in all five boroughs of New York City. Through storytelling and creativity, our programs affirm LGBTQ+ youth and help kids as young as three to embrace all forms of difference and grow into empathetic adults.
Since the pandemic began we’ve been busy innovating, bringing our vital programming into the digital sphere to serve over 2000 kids through more than 100 programs with 42 unique partners from March through October 2020. We have also developed a series of virtual themed DQSH programs designed to be accessible for kids with autism and other special needs. It has been a privilege to inspire empathy, authenticity, and creativity for so many of our city’s children throughout these challenging times.
In normal times, we provide free DQSH programs in public schools across New York City. This year, due to the financial impact of the pandemic on our organization’s budget, we are unable to fund these programs. Please donate now to help us continue to provide free virtual programs for public school students this school year.
What Your Donation Will Fund
More than 20 NYC public schools have requested virtual DQSH programs this school year, and we are eager to provide those programs as soon as we have the funds to do so.
It costs DQSH NYC $500 to produce one Drag Queen Story Hour program event, free of charge, for a public school, including the cost of paying the storyteller and event facilitator, supplies, and administrative costs of coordinating the program. With a capacity to serve up to 300 students per event, this means we can help public schools build empathy and acceptance for less than $2 per student.
A donation of $10 allows us to reach five children, a $20 donation helps us reach 10 children, and so on. If we can reach our goal of $10,000, we will be able to bring our program to at least 20 public schools this school year.
How You Can Help
1. Share this campaign with your networks on Instagram, Facebook, and email!
2. Make a donation in any amount. You can also opt to support our work year-round with a recurring donation!
3. Click on the links below for more opportunities to support our campaign by buying original art or books by some of our favorite authors!
Buy original hand-painted artwork from Airlie Anderson, author of Neither, Cat's Colors, Momo and Snap, and more! All funds directly support the Drag Queen Story Hour NYC Fall Fundraiser.