LEARN ABOUT THE TEAM BEHIND DQSH NYC!
Rachel Aimee (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based parent with a background in publishing and social justice startups. Inspired by the original Drag Queen Story Hour program in San Francisco, Rachel organized the first DQSH NYC event in August 2016 and has since developed the project into a nonprofit that serves over 4000 kids a year in all five boroughs of New York City. In her spare time she enjoys writing in coffee shops and reading in the park.
Harmonica Sunbeam, the Comedy Queen, has been delighting audiences at nightclubs, cabarets, fundraising events, and supermarket openings throughout the United States and abroad for over 29 years. Since the inception of DQSH NYC, Miss Sunbeam has been featured in the New York Times and interviewed for a now-viral video on Buzzfeed. She is also the North Jersey coordinator of Drag Queen Story Hour.
Angel Elektra (she, her/they, them) started reading with DQSH NYC in July 2017. Angel’s favorite book to read is “Its Okay to be Different” by Todd Parr, because we all are different in our own ways. Angel is also the coordinator for DQSH Westchester County/Lower Hudson Valley.
Cholula Lemon is a NYC Drag Queen and stand-up comedian who is committed to educating families and children about gender and family diversity. Over the course of three years, she has worked with Drag Queen Story Hour as a fundraiser, advisor, teacher, and storyteller. She also leads DQSH bilingual readings and works with teens teaching makeup tutorials. She performs around New York City in and out of drag.
Rev. Yolanda (she, her) is a trans femme gender queer singer songwriter and interfaith minister with a 25 year history of creating original genre breaking/gender bending rock pop gospel kirtan music. She has been honored for her work by The Blues Hall of Fame, GLBT Hall of Fame, and 2 MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs).
Paradise (they/she) is a trans and gender non-conforming rainbow unicorn princex hailing from the Queendom of Bushwick. Their favorite stories often explore themes of gender & creative self-expression. Through DQSH, they seek to create a more inclusive community, one story at a time.
Miz Jade is a Black queer drag performer, event host, and professional dancer. A queen known for her teaching, activism, and quick wit, she’s bound to gag you and turn the party. Known throughout NYC, Miz Jade has been described as fierce, sophisticated, and full of surprises.
Syd Seifert (she/her) is a proud native New Yorker and lives in Harlem. She is a therapist and program coordinator with a specialization in sexuality, gender, and youth-centered activism and programming. She works clinically with children, adolescents, and adults with various mental health issues and needs. Syd earned her Masters in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University and her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
Mor Erlich is the creator of Sez Me, an LGBTQ multidisciplinary educational program for all ages, and The Dragtivity Book, an educational tool for engaging kids in conversations about drag, gender, and identity. He presents the workshop "Dragtivity Time with DQSH and Sez Me" in collaboration with Drag Queen Story Hour NYC.
Ona Louise was a co-founder of DQSH NYC and the first storyteller to read for the chapter. She currently works on the national side of Drag Queen Story Hour. Ona lives in Brooklyn. She loves bingo, crafting, and vintage clothing!
Lil Miss Hot Mess
Lil Miss Hot Mess is the author of the children's book The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish, which was released in May 2020 based on her song that she's been singing at DQSH events across the country. Known for her activism and high-concept performances, she also helped lead the #MyNameIs campaign against Facebook's so-called "real names" policy, and has performed everywhere from San Francisco's legendary worker-owned bar The Stud to Stanford University, SF MOMA, and Saturday Night Live. Though she no longer lives in NYC, she was an early member of the DQSH NYC chapter, she misses her DQSH family there, and helps coordinate the national DQSH network.
Bella Noche, New York City's premiere mermaid queen, lures onlookers in with her fantastical spark of color, creativity and charisma. With a combination of both beauty and brains, you'll become part of her world before you know it, hook line and sinker.
Always 25-years-old, Yuhua Hamasaki is a fun and campy queen from New York City! Yuhua’s drag character is her own invention of her superhero that has given her courage, confidence, and happiness. She especially loves to explore the city and be creative during her spare time!
Flame is a drag queen, peer educator, hairstylist, and world traveler. Flame does DQSH readings in Spanish and English and is currently learning several other languages. Flame’s inspiration to wake up every morning is to spread the message of love, equality, and unity for all.
Mary Jo got her BFA in dance from The Ohio State University where she met many of the performers she worked with here in New York City. She was one of the founding members of the Brooklyn based drag/dance ensemble Backspace and during that time won a Glam nightlife award.
Annie Manildoo is a live singer, MC, bingo host, lip-syncher, balloon twister, and ordained minister. Annie has been performing since 2013 throughout Long Island, Albany, Block Island, CT, Queens, and New York City. She has been honored by the Chamber of Commerce of Patchogue for political activism in her local community. Annie reads with DQSH NYC and DQSH Long Island.