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In this Saturday, May 13, 2017, photo, Lil Miss Hot Mess reads to children during the Feminist Press’ presentation of Drag Queen Story Hour at the Park Slope Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Drag queens are reading books to kids to help fight gender stereotypes

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Updated November 03, 2018 05:31 PM EDT

Editor's note: This story was originally published Dec. 7, 2016. Since then, drag queen story time has grown into a nationwide trend, including in Louisiana, where it recently had to find a new venue because it had outgrown its previous one. Today we're bringing this story back in honor of Book Lovers Day.

By REED DUNLEA, Circa

NEW YORK (CIRCA) - This is not the typical venue for Merrie Cherry's drag performance.

"I haven't been around this many children in a long time. I've been around a lot of drunk people falling around, so it was very similar, you know, people trying to grab things from me," she joked. 

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Cherry does regular shows at bars around New York City, usually with a much older crowd than the kids she read to here. But the common thread is promoting acceptance.

Merrie Cherry: "All About That Bass"

WATCH  | Merrie Cherry performs at Metropolitan, a gay bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

"I really like that this program brings queer people and kids together in a way that isn't trying to hide queerness but is putting it at the forefront in a way that's really fun."
Rachel Aimee, event organizer

Rachel Aimee is a writer and editor with Feminist Press. She began putting on Brooklyn's Drag Queen Story Hour after she heard about RADAR Productions doing the same thing in San Francisco.

Libraries all over Brooklyn

The story hour has hosted multiple New York-based drag queens as readers, and has been held at different public library branches around Brooklyn. 

They also use the events to promote their books, like "KAMALA: Feminist Folktales from Around the World: Volume II" and "What Flowers Say."

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