Drag Storytime FAQ


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Drag is a type of entertainment where people dress up and perform, often in highly stylized ways. The term originated as British theater slang in the 19th century and was used to describe women’s clothing worn by men. The term "drag" refers to the performance of masculinity, femininity or other forms of gender expression.

History of Drag

King Lear Drag

The history of drag queens is an evolution from a common theater practice to an award-winning form of entertainment that has gained legitimacy both on a national and international stage.

With its mainstream success, some may be surprised to learn that the history of drag as a form of entertainment dates back to Shakespearean times and for more utilitarian purposes. Indeed, the history of drag seems to be one inextricably tied to the theater. in the 17th century when Shakespeare's plays were first performed at the Globe Theatre in London, only men were allowed to take part in the productions. So when plays included female parts, the male actors would dress as women to fill the void.

It's in the theatre that the term "drag" is believed to have originated. When men played female parts, they would supposedly discuss how their costume dresses would "drag" across the floor.

Drag began to take on more of an individual form of entertainment (as opposed to being utilized as a part of an ensemble performance) when female impersonation was introduced into American culture via the genre known as "vaudeville."

Vaudeville performance gained traction in the early 20th century in the United States, and it combines comedy, music, dance, and burlesque to create an offbeat type of live entertainment.

In the modern era, where the internet can bring marginalized communities into the spotlight, drag has found a fan base that's become larger than life. The drag queen has entered the mainstream once again — and this time, it seems like it's here to stay.

Why host a drag Storytime program?

To sum it up it’s about having fun, celebrating diversity and letting kids know there’s nothing wrong with them if they don’t follow the “normal” gender rules such as only girls like pink and boys like blue or girls play with dolls and boys with trucks. 

If they’re totally the opposite, then that’s just fine! In these times especially it’s so important to promote kindness and inclusivity. Exposure to a diversity of cultures and lifestyles develops a deeper level of understanding of others. People with this knowledge are more likely to have strong collaboration skills and are less likely to discriminate/bully those that are different.

Why have drag queens do a storytime when they're not trained in child education?

When a fire fighter does a story time, or a hockey player, they are not trained in child literacy. They are taking part in the storytime because they want to share the gift of stories with the children in the program, this is the same with drag queens, they are sharing child appropriate content and presenting a storytime that is bright and colourful, celebrating differences and uniqueness.