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CBC News: Gather round kids! It's Drag Queen Storytime
Gather round kids!
It's Drag Queen Storytime
London Public Library hosts the first-ever event to encourage
youth to celebrate differences
By Rebecca Zandbergen,
Posted: Jul 22, 2017 6:00 AM ET
Mz. Affra-Tighty will be reading to children on Saturday, July 22 at the London Public Library in honour of the Pride London Festival. (Amanda Margison/CBC News
n her heels, Mz. Affra-Tighty stands six feet eight inches.
"They're six-inch stilettos. They're delicious. Perfectly delicious."
To celebrate pride week, the London Public Library has invited Affra-Tighty to host storytime at its downtown location at 251 Dundas St. on Saturday.
The London Public Library is hosting the first Drag Queen Storytime on Saturday, July 22.
Affra-Tighty said the kids may be a little intimidated at first. "I think they'll see this gargantuan queen walking into the room. I think some might be a little alarmed because I am very tall."
"It will be intimidating maybe, depending on how the parents handle it," Affra-Tighty told
's Rebecca Zandbergen.
Mz. Affra-Tighty dropped by London Morning on Friday, July 21. (Amanda Margison/CBC News)
Affra-Tighty will be reading
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
by Christine Baldacchino. It's about a boy who loves wearing the dress in his classroom's dress-up centre.
Affra-Tighty, who owns two tangerine-coloured dresses herself, said the story is about bullying. "The dress is a metaphor for everything that people like to pick at."
To her critics, Affra-Tighty suggested there's no reason why a drag queen shouldn't read to children.
"I have nieces and nephews and I love them unbelievably, and I would do anything for them, just like most people would do for their kids. Why shouldn't I read? Why shouldn't it be me?"
Mz. Affra-Tighty stands six feet eight inches in her gold stilettos. (Amanda Margison/CBC News)
Affra-Tighty will be at the Central Children's Library at 2pm on Saturday. Both parents and kids are welcome and are encouraged to wear their favourite dress or costume.
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