Australian drag queen Hannah Conda has joined with LGBTI group Rainbow Families to host “Drag Story Time,” a fun session allowing kids to celebrate diversity through storytelling and dressing up.
The New South Wales-based group introduced the event to Australia last October, after local drag queens hosted similar events in New York City and several cities in Canada.
On Thursday, Hannah (pictured) will read some of her favourite LGBTI inclusive story books to the children and help introduce them to concepts of creativity, gender fluidity and freedom of self-expression.
“Drag Story Time is important because it teaches diversity and acceptance from a young age,” organiser Jolene Evans said.
“Children growing up in an inclusive environment ensures inclusive and open-minded adults.”
Hannah said she was thrilled to be involved in the event.
“Having a bold, colourful drag princess for kids to talk to opens their minds up to all the possibilities of the world, allows them to ask questions and be curious,” she said.
“If they feel that they don’t fit into a box, there is opportunity for them to find who they are outside it.”
The group said anyone with a dress-up box is encouraged to bring their favourite outfits on the day to take part in the dress-up fun.
Drag Story Time will be held at Rainbow Families Playgroup at 60 Prospect St in Erskineville on Thursday January 25. For more information visit the Rainbow Families website.