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A Manchester drag queen is teaching children about LGBT issues - with a unique storytelling event

ByHolly O'Rourke

A Manchester drag queen will try to help children understand LGBT issues through the power of storytelling in a unique event next month.

Drag Queen Story Time will take place in Manchester for the first time on Saturday December 16, after previous events were held in London and Bristol earlier this year.

Organised by Superbia, Manchester Pride’s year-round calendar of events, and hosted by popular drag star. Divina de Campo, it aims to teach children of all ages to embrace their individuality and spread a message of tolerance.

As part of the storytelling session held at Z-Arts in Hulme, Divina de Campo will tell unique fairytale stories before throwing a silent disco for children to enjoy.

The brains behind the concept, Tom Canham, said: “The thought behind this is that intolerance, homophobia, and other negative thought patterns,are all learnt behaviours.

Drag Queen Story Time aims to challenge these negative views at a young age. Instead, providing an alternative view of acceptance and tolerance; all within an educational environment."

e stories told at the event will focus on conventional fairytales, feminist fairytales and gender fluid novels. The host will tell her every own story, too, named 'The Tale Of The Lonely Snowflake'.

Mark Fletcher, chief executive for Manchester Pride , said: “Drag Queen Story Time is a fantastic and hugely relevant event and I am delighted that Superbia is able to support it in coming to Manchester.

It provides a really unique way of tackling prejudices and homophobia and presenting acceptance and differences to children in a way that they will find hugely engaging.”

Drag Queen Story Time will be held at Z-arts on December 16 from 2.30-4pm.

Tickets are £5 and are available here.

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