Boston, Massachusetts - This Sunday, June 11, Old South Church in Boston will honor the Boston Chapter of Drag Queen Story Hour with the prestigious Open Door Award, recognizing their exceptional contributions to our communities and the profound impact of storytelling.
Drag Queen Story Hour has captivated audiences across the nation, promoting diversity, acceptance, and self-expression through the enchanting art of storytelling. By inviting local drag queens to read to children, Drag Queen Story Hour creates an environment that nurtures empathy, celebrates differences, and ignites creativity.
In these increasingly dangerous times for transgender and queer individuals, with a surge in legislation targeting LGBTQIA+ rights, organizations like Drag Queen Story Hour have become vital beacons of support and inclusivity. Just this week, the Human Rights Campaign declared a national state of emergency for LGBTQIA+ people in America for the first time in their 40 year history, underlining the urgent need to protect the rights and well-being of the community.
Old South Church in Boston firmly believes in the inherent worth and dignity of every individual, advocating for the defense of transgender rights, the protection of trans youth, and the creation of a safer and more inclusive world that embraces and celebrates the full spectrum of identities.
With a long history of embracing the LGBTQIA+ community, including ministering to AIDS patients during the 80s and being the first Christian church in Boston to host a gay wedding, Old South Church remains dedicated to promoting equality and social justice. As a congregation of the United Church of Christ, founded in 1669, Old South Church is deeply committed to fostering a welcoming and affirming space for all individuals.
The message of justice and equality will resonate throughout Old South Church's annual Pride Sunday worship service, culminating in the presentation of the esteemed Open Door Award. Since its establishment in 2014, the Open Door Award has celebrated individuals and organizations dedicated to breaking down barriers and fostering a welcoming and affirming community, a testament to Old South Church's unwavering commitment to inclusivity, equality, and social justice causes.
Patty Bourrée, on behalf of Drag Queen Story Hour, will graciously accept the Open Door Award during the 10am service. Following the service, Patty will host a captivating story hour during the much-anticipated 'Rainbow Disco Coffee Hour'. The festivities, held at Old South Church at 645 Boylston Street in Boston, are family-friendly and open to the public, offering face painting, music, temporary tattoos, stickers, and more.
Join Old South Church in Boston on Pride Sunday as we celebrate the extraordinary achievements of Boston’s Drag Queen Story Hour Chapter and reaffirm our commitment to creating a world where every individual is embraced, celebrated, and valued.