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Drag Queen Story Time

June 14, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 am

Join St. Peter’s children and families on Sunday, June 14, as we welcome Baleno Canto for Drag Queen Story Time! You can learn more about DQST and Baleno below. St. Peter’s is proud to host this event as a part of celebrating Pride month, and we are excited for such a special and fun way to be together online! Click here to request the Zoom Meeting ID to join this special event.

What is Drag Queen Story Time?

Drag Queen Story Time is like a normal library story time created for children, with picture books, songs, movement, games, and crafts. In particular, DQST emphasizes themes of acceptance, diversity, love, and kindness. Uniquely, DQST features a drag queen as storyteller. Since its inception over three years ago, DQST has expanded nationally. These events have become increasingly popular, drawing large crowds. Drag Queen Story Times have even begun to pop up at libraries, schools, and bookstores globally in Canada, England, and even Tokyo, Japan. DQST is a fun experience that fosters creativity and at the same time provides children with a positive and confident LGBTQ adult role model. They see someone who is comfortable with exactly who they are. It gives an example to those children who may feel or one day feel similarly. It also shows people how to embrace, accept, and feel empathy towards those different from them, even if that difference is something they might not fully understand. The hope is that by providing this opportunity at an early age, DQST will help diminish the harrowing effects of bullying: “LGBTQ-positive programs like DQST are a vital part of making the world a safe and affirming place for all children” (Drag Queen Story Hour organization website).

What can you expect?

DQST will happen during/as our Sunday children’s worship service. Along with hearing two different stories, there will be singing, dancing, and even a craft we can do together or that you can do as a family following the service. Rev. Claire and Rev. Sarah will also be there (virtually!) to introduce our guest, Balena Canto, and have some time for prayers.

Meet Balena Canto!

The character of Balena Canto is created by Matthew Maisano. In Matthew’s own words, his goal “is to show our youngest generations that they can create a world full of love and acceptance instead of hate and bigotry. A world where regardless of the intersections of their identity, a child can go to school feeling free of the anxiety, pain, and anguish of daily bullying, harassment, and violence. Where people of all ages can easily find love and support and know that it is okay to seek help when they feel alone, confused, or are even contemplating personal harm.” Matthew recently appeared with the Opera Company of Philadelphia in “Love for Three Oranges.” Matthew is a popular presenter of Drag Queen Story Times. You can find out about upcoming performances by following Matthew on Facebook at www.facebook.com/balenacanto. We thank Matthew for finding time for this event!

Who can come?

We are opening up DQST to the entire congregation, with a focus on our children and families. St. Peter’s families are welcome to invite other children and families who you think would enjoy attending this event.


June 14, 2020
9:00 am - 9:30 am
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