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 beginning of 2021, we have:
Produced 208 person programs, including 141 virtual programs, 40 outdoor programs, and 51 programs for NYC public schools in all five boroughs of the city.
Served 863 kids in person and thousands more virtually.
Formed a Curriculum Committee and developed DQSH Middle Grade and YA Book Club programs for older kids and teens
Expanded our bilingual programming to include Cantonese/English and French/English programs, in addition to Spanish/English
Produced a series of DQSH programs designed for kids with autism and other special needs
Trained five new storytellers, including four drag kings, and hired a program director to streamline our program coordinating process and develop our curriculum.
This year, we’ve already received invitations to bring our programs to students in more than 15 NYC public schools that don’t have the funds to pay for our programs. It will cost DQSH NYC $9,000 to provide programming free of charge to 15 of these public schools.
What Your Donation Will Fund
It costs DQSH NYC $600 to produce one in-person Drag Queen or Drag King Story Hour program for a public school, including the cost of paying the storyteller and event facilitator, transportation, supplies, and administrative costs of coordinating the program. With a capacity to serve up to 60 students per event, this means we can help public schools build confidence and celebrate differences for $10 per student.
A donation of just $10 allows us to reach one child, and a donation of $600 helps us reach a whole class of students. If we can reach our goal of $9,000, we will be able to bring our program to at least 15 public schools this school year.
Fund Drag Queen and Drag King Story Hour Programs in Public Schools!
If you’ve been spending time with kids recently, you know how much our children have missed out on due to the pandemic. One thing they have not missed out on is Drag Queen and Drag King Story Hour. Our storytellers have been here for NYC children since the beginning of the pandemic, telling stories and doing crafts virtually for over a year, and more recently outdoors at the city’s many Open Streets programs. This school year, we’re excited to finally be able to visit kids in their classrooms again!
Despite a return to in-person learning and programming, our kids still require immense support when it comes to social emotional development. That’s where Drag Queen Story Hour NYC’s expanding public school programming comes in!
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. Make a donation of $600 or more to sponsor a DQSH/DKSH program at a public school and join our Supporting Authors and Publishers section below!
SUPPORTING AUTHORS & PUBLISHERS
Thank you Raakhee Mirchandani, author of Super Satya Saves the Day and Hair Twins, for sponsoring a DQSH/DKSH program in one NYC public school this year!
A local drag queen will read an excerpt from one of our favorite queer YA books and lead a discussion about the book. Participants are encouraged to read the book before attending the program. (This program must be booked a month in advance so that we can plan and announce the book selection and give participants a chance to read the book.)
Thank you Dottir Press, publisher of
IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All and Tell Me About Sex, Grandma, for sponsoring a DQSH/DKSH program in one NYC public school this year!
Thank you Hummingbird Humanity, publisher of My Grown-Ups by Kate Costigan, for sponsoring a DQSH/DKSH program in one NYC public school this year!