2024 UU Drag Story Hour Project

Through a generous $21,000 grant from the UU Funding Program, UU Justice NC is proud to support LGBTQ Inclusion and Advocacy both within and outside the walls of our congregations through our 2024 UU Drag Story Hour Project.
The Goals of project are to:
  • Provide children with the opportunity to experience the imagination and play of gender fluidity and glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models - at a time when content about LGBTQ identities is banned in NC public schools K- grade 4.
  • Help strengthen your congregation’s presence as a beacon of progressive religious values in your community at a time where religion is too often being used as the basis of hateful threats to the safety and rights of LGBTQ+ people.
  • Provide your congregations with the support and resources to develop a deeper understanding of the threats that exist locally / in North Carolina, and practice discerning  how/when your congregation takes risks in service to the movement. Unfortunately, we know that our congregations will have to navigate increased threats and take on more risk in the coming years

Contact LGBTQ Inclusion & Advocacy Organizer - Christine Ashley (Christine@uujusticenc.org

What is Drag Story Hour?

“It’s just what it sounds like! Storytellers using the art of drag to read books to kids. DSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where everyone can be their authentic selves!” dragstoryhour.org  Unfortunately, Drag Story Hours across the state being threatened by extremist groups many of whom do say in the name of religion. Many have had to be canceled, particularly in the greater Charlotte area because of threats from protestors.

Our Unitarian Universalist Faith calls us to work to advance LGBTQ Rights, Safety & Thriving in North Carolina. During the 2023 NC Legislative Session, the General Assembly continued their attacks on the LGBTQ community, and particularly on our youth. (see below) In the coming year, we will continue to advocate for LGBTQ rights at the General Assembly, school board meetings, at LGBTQ events and beyond.

Context - 2023 Attacks on the LGBTQ Community in North Carolina

  • SB 49 - NC’s Don’t Say Gay Bill - Banned any content in grades K-4 about LGBTQ identities - claiming that instruction on LGBTQ+ topics is not "age appropriate." This stigmatizes queer and trans identities.
  • HB 808 - Gender Affirming Care Ban for Minors. This bans gender affirming care for trans youth including surgeries and puberty blockers. Nearly all major medical associations, including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics support this care and oppose laws banning it.
  • HB 574 - Trans Sports Ban  - This is a direct attack on LGBTQ equality that will prevent many trans and intersex kids from participating in athletics, depriving them of the mental and physical benefits of sports.