Chicken Divas: dress up storytime at Yarralumla


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It’s chook-washing drag queen storytime at Yarralumla. Governor-General David Hurley and wife Linda read Chicken Divas, the story of Fluffy and Silky, two chooks who sneak out at night and dress up in sequins, tiaras, and bling as Whitney and Britney to perform at Club Sparkles.

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Can you imagine the screams of bigoted pluckers if an actual drag queen read that book to kids?

I don’t know how I missed this at the time. But hey… pandemic and all that.

Governor-General David Hurley popped up in the news this week as collateral damage to the Morrison Minister for Everything scandal. Twitter then remembered the Hurleys’ alleged habit of holding visitors to Yarralumla hostage until they sing a chorus of  ‘You Are My Sunshine’. Intrigued, I glanced through the Government House YouTube channel and came across this video of David and Linda Hurley performing Dress Up Storytime.

Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas

Anyhoo, how in Britney’s name is this anything but chook-washing. Lucinda Gifford’s rather fabulous illustrated kid’s storybook Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas takes drag queens and turns them into something more socially palatable — chooks.

But drag queens they are. Or I’ll eat my tofu hat.

Even down to how their owner springs that her two chooks are moonlighting as glamourous divas. She notices a stray sequin, a scrap of boa, and glitter on one of the chook’s wings. Ah yes. Plucking glitter. That stuff brought many a baby drag undone at home.

It has to be said that drag queen storytime is kicking goals for childhood literacy. It seems everyone wants to dress up and read books to kids. We are all drag queens now.

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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