Nina West hosted drag queen storytime and a little girl dressed up as her

Nina West and Gia at a drag queen storytime

When Nina West recently hosted drag queen storytime at a library in Worthington, Ohio, she was in for a special treat.

During these events, parents and children gather at their local library where a drag queen reads children’s books to the crowd.

West is a contestant in the current season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Her introduction outfit on the reality competition series was a fabulous and bright yellow dress, complete with a grand black hat and black gloves.

When she regaled the library with a reading, she ended up looking into a mirror — of sorts. One of the children gathered in the crowd for the reading decided the occasion called for a little dress-up.

Gia came dressed in her own rendition of West’s Drag Race intro outfit.

‘CATEGORY IS: workroom realness!’ West wrote on Instagram.

‘Gia always leaves me speechless, and this may be the best version of “Nina” I have ever seen. Melt my heart…’

Queens as role models

Gia’s mother offered a longer and more sentimental caption on her Instagram post of Gia meeting West.

‘Some kids want to dress up like princesses and that is ok,’ she wrote. ‘Gia however, enjoys dressing up like villains and drag queens!

‘I couldn’t think of a better role model for her to have to give her self confidence, teach her to be who she wants and motivates her to reach for the stars, and helps her understand that it is ok to be who you are.’

She continued, writing that her goal for Gia is for her to ‘be an advocate for those without a voice and to stand up for not only being kind to others, but to help everyone see that you just have to be who you are’.

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Some kids want to dress up like princesses and that is ok. Gia however, enjoys dressing up like villains and drag queens! I couldn’t think of a better role model for her to have to give her self confidence, teach her to be who she wants and motivates her to reach for the stars, and helps her understand that it is ok to be who you are. My goal is for her to some day be an advocate for those without a voice and to stand up for not only being kind to others, but to help everyone see that you just have to be who you are. We are well on our way! @ninawest @andrewrobertlevitt thank you for another amazing evening. I am happy that you are in our life and an inspiration to everyone that was in this room and beyond. Although she can only watch select clips from @rupaulsdragrace we are all there cheering you on! #theronnorman #survivinggia #ninawest

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She also thanked West for the storytime experience.

‘I am happy that you are in our life and an inspiration to everyone that was in this room and beyond,’ she concluded. ‘Although she [Gia] can only watch select clips from @rupaulsdragrace we are all there cheering you on!’

Drag queen storytime has become increasingly popular at public libraries over recent years.

These happens all over the country, such as the Brooklyn Public Library where they host a drag queen storytime once a month.

Numerous conservative voices and groups have drawn ire against these gatherings. Despite disturbing them, the readings continue and recently a court threw out a lawsuit against a Texas library for hosting them.

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Lawsuit against Drag Queen Story Hour thrown out of court

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A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit by a group of Christians who sued a Texas library for hosting drag queens who read stories to children.

Three Christian activists had filed a lawsuit against two public Huston library directors for hosting Drag Queen Story Hour events.

The nonprofit initiative from sees drag queens attending children’s story circles in libraries, schools, and bookstores throughout America.

The plaintiffs had argued that public taxes should not be used to fund the events which were ‘brainwashing the children of Houston’, Courthouse News reported.

However, the judge said that their case did not have any standing as they could not prove that the events had caused any harm or misappropriation of public funds.

 

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@jesslovedraws and @just_sucia read Julian is a Mermaid for #dragqueenstoryhour #dqsh

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‘Instead of witnessing the event, the plaintiffs “researched it online”‘

The group, who call themselves Christ Followers and which includes a pastor, took the case to court October 2018 after an online petition and a protest outside a library were unsuccessful in deterring the library from hosting the events.

U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal dismissed the case for having for lack of standing and failure to state a viable First Amendment Establishment Clause claim on Thursday (3 January).

Rosenthal said that the men could not prove that the story hour events had caused any harm, as they were unclear if they had even attended any of the events.

‘The plaintiffs assert the very opposite: they purposefully avoided “Drag Queen Storytime” because of its alleged immorality and potential to harm their children,’ Rosenthal wrote in the court order. ‘Instead of witnessing the event, the plaintiffs “researched [it] online”.’

The group has a history of anti-LGBTI beliefs.

‘The plaintiffs believe that LGBTQ ideology is immoral, obscene and subversive to human flourishing and that the LGBTQ ideology is inseparably linked to the religion of Secular Humanism,’ it stated in their lawsuit.

One of the group’s members, Chris Sevier, filed a similar lawsuit against a Louisiana library in September 2018.

In the past, Sevier had also filed a lawsuit to be able to marry his laptop as a form of protest against same-sex marriage.

Not their first storytime

Drag Queen Story Hour was started by RADAR Productions in San Francisco and has become a popular feature throughout America over the past two years.

However, the initiative has prompted numerous instances of backlash from conservative and religious groups.

Right-wing Infowars host, Alex Jones, has railed against Drag Queen Storytime, describing the events as a ‘societal wrecking ball’ and comparing the drag queens to demons.

Several Christian activists have attempted to interrupt events in the past.

In November last year, a woman interrupted a Drag Queen Story Time in a private bookstore by shouting about a ‘homosexual agenda’ before being escorted out by police.

In June, Dave Grisham, an evangelical pastor in Alaska, videoed himself attempting to interrupt a drag queen story hour taking place in a public library.

He was instantly booed by the crowd and ushered in under a minute, with the storytime continuing moments later.

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