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.
Our fundraiser is now closed but you can still support us by making a donation here!
We need your help to ensure kids in NYC public schools continue to have access to Drag Queen Story Hour programming.
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.
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How You Can Help
2. Make a donation in any amount. You can also opt to support our work year-round with a recurring donation!
3. Check out our Supporting Authors section below for more opportunities to support our campaign by buying or bidding on original art 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.
Win this original artwork by Jessica Love from the final draft of Julián at the Wedding by bidding in the comments section of her Instagram post! All funds directly support the Drag Queen Story Hour NYC Fall Fundraiser.
Thank you Raakhee Mirchandani, author of Super Satya Saves the Day and Hair Twins, for donating $500 to the Drag Queen Story Hour NYC Fall Fundraiser to fund a virtual Drag Queen Story Hour for a public school this year!
Win this one-of-a-kind print by Sonny Dean, author of The Yellow Square of Stonewall, Iris and the Virus, and One Equals Many, by bidding in the comments section of her Instagram post! All funds directly support the Drag Queen Story Hour NYC Fall Fundraiser.
Sara Varon, author of New Shoes, Bake Sale, Robot Dreams, and My Pencil and Me, and Ellen Lindner, author/illustrator of The Cranklet's Chronicle, started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $500 to fund a virtual Drag Queen Story Hour for a public school this year!