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Drag queens host story time for kids at Lafayette bookstore

A group of drag queens is working to spread joy and shatter stigmas in Greater Lafayette.

Posted: Feb 22, 2020 7:22 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2020 11:43 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A group of drag queens is working to spread joy and shatter stigmas in Greater Lafayette.

On Saturday, members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Lafayette Chapter met at Main Street Books to read to kids.

Bookstore owner Tamzin Malone has been hosting storytime with the sisters since August 2019. Many of the books they read have a theme of celebrating differences and promoting togetherness.

Sister Mira L'Amor said this event is all about the children but she's happy the sisters get to be themselves while doing it.

“Unfortunately, there's a lot of things that happen in our world and a lot of prejudices and just beliefs that get in the way of letting somebody live their true selves and love themselves,” said L’Amor. “The job of us as drag nuns is to remind the world that we should focus a little bit more on the joy and less on having folks feel guilty about being themselves.”

The storytime has seen a lot of support from local families. It has also seen some backlash from community members according to Malone.

“It doesn't bother me, you know, it kind of confirms to me that we're doing what we need to do,” said Malone. “We welcome everyone at our bookstore, average people, different people, weird people, everyone is welcome.”

The storytime is held every third Saturday of the month.

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