Pride London: First-ever Drag Queen Storytime at London Public Library drew about 150 Saturday

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If it was a trial run, the first ever Drag Queen Storytime during Pride London passed with flying colours.

Mz. Affra-Tighty’s half-hour reading session for kids brought about 150 people to the London Public Library’s downtown branch Saturday afternoon.

Most of those in attendance were children brought by their parents. Some wore celebratory rainbow colours and others wore costumes. Some wore nothing out-of-the-ordinary at all.

Nolan Hollingsworth, 9, wore a plain red shirt. His mother, Alicia Hollingsworth, brought him to London ’s first-ever Drag Queen Storytime with three of his siblings.

“I love drag queens. They are talented and unique and do whatever they want and do their dreams,” said nine-year-old Nolan.

Nolan has autism. His mother said being at Pride events helps her son feel more included.

“When he comes to Pride he sees that these drag queens are living life how they want to – colourful. They don’t fit societal norms and he feels like that’s okay because he’s welcome and he’s happy and he gets to be who he needs to be,” said Alicia Hollingsworth.

Mz. Affra-Tighty (also known as Londoner Katu Azzya) entered the room where the children sat wearing a flowing orange dress. He, and the other three drag queens he was accompanied by, drew cheers and claps.

Azzya read Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino. The story is about a boy who, trying to be himself, dresses up in girls clothing. The story includes bullying and ultimately a lesson of self-acceptance.

Pride on Sunday:

Run With Pride 2017

What: 1km/5km run/jog/walk benefitting Family Service Thames Valley & Pride London Festival

Where: Wonderland Gardens, 285 Wonderland Road

When: Sunday, 9 a.m.

Cost: Various Prices

Rock the Rainbow: LMRD Annual Pride Bout

What: Pride-themed roller derby

Where: Medway Arena, 199 Sherwood Forest Square

When: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: $10, FREE if under 12

Pride Picnic

What: Community picnic

Where: Metropolitan Community Church, 482 Dundas St .

When: Sunday, 5 p.m.

Cost: Donations accepted 

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