Drag queen ̷s̷t̷o̷r̷y̷ grooming hour in America’s Bible Belt

Drag queen story hours – events where drag performers read to children – are moving out of the big cities and coming to conservative southern US states.

A group of drag queens stand in a small room at the back of a public library in South Carolina, their bright outfits in contrast with the beige walls.

Children file in and quickly scan the larger-than-life characters before turning their attention to running around and playing.

“There are five drag queens walking around this room and not one kid has walked up to us and said ‘you’re so weird’,” says drag queen Rylee Hunty. “Kids exist in their own fantasy world and we fit into that.”

Bullshit. This is grooming.