A gaggle of toddlers gather on the floor of a room in New York’s Brooklyn Public Library in Park Slope for their 10 a.m. story time — and the reader on this day is Lil Miss Hot Mess.
Yes, it’s Drag Queen Story Hour. And if you haven’t guessed by now, Lil Miss Hot Mess is indeed a drag queen.
He pulls out a kids’ book titled “Worm Loves Worm.”
The book’s description reveals that “when a worm meets a special worm and they fall in love, you know what happens next: They get married! But their friends want to know—who will wear the dress? And who will wear the tux?”
The answer? “It doesn’t matter,” the description reads. “Because Worm loves worm.”
Lil Miss Hot Mess at one point says, “We can both be grooms!”
He also reads from another book, explaining a conflict in which the girl character wants to “dress kinda cool” — i.e., like a “tomboy” — but a friend wants her to “dress kinda normal.”
At one point, Lil Miss Hot Mess asks the fascinated toddlers, “Who wants to be a drag queen when they grow up?”
There’s also a singalong in which Lil Miss Hot Mess offers his take on a well-known children’s song: “The hips on the drag queen go swish swish swish, swish swish swish, swish swish swish …”
Kat Savage of the Brooklyn Public Library told The Associated Press, “Drag Queen Story Hour is fantastic because it addresses all of these issues of gender fluidity and self acceptance and all of these topics that … are real — are very, very real.”
Adults, the outlet talked to, agreed.
“It was great!” mom Sara Ortiz told the AP. “So much energy.”
Another mother, Kesa Huey, told the outlet that Drag Queen Story Hour represents what she’s “looking for in all of our outings … to present different ways of being in the world and make that fun and available to my kid.”
The AP didn’t reveal Lil Miss Hot Mess’ real name over his concerns about harassment, but in character, he told the outlet that detractors “think gay people are sinful or evil or, you know, bad to begin with. So, you know, we’re just starting from such different places that it’s kind of irrelevant to me.”
The library started the readings last year and is looking to expand it to other locations, the outlet said.
“Drag queens and children don’t usually get together, which I think is a shame and one of the benefits of a program like this,” Lil Miss Hot Mess told the AP.
The narrator ends the video saying, “Engaging young minds through sights and sounds.”
(H/T: Truth Revolt)