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  • Trevor Greenway

You go, Wakefield School

Wakefield Elementary should receive a standing ovation for showing its students what inclusivity and diversity looks like.


The school took a bold stand last week when it teamed up with Theatre Wakefield to invite drag performers Sunshine Glitterchild, Aimee Yonce, Kashmir Doll, and Zaz Zinya for Drag Queen Story Hour with the kids.


Brilliant.


Reaction from parents has been “overwhelmingly positive,” according to principal Julie Fram-Greig, but that didn’t stop some from taking aim at the school online, bringing up the question of whether or not drag queens and kings belong in schools.

Yes, they absolutely do.


What better way to show kids that it’s okay to be themselves than to celebrate those who have had the courage to do just that? Performing as a drag queen takes, “Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent,” according to American drag queen celebrity RuPaul. But perhaps more than anything, it takes self-love, and the four performers showed students on Nov. 10 that it’s okay to be different.


As parents, we often tell our kids how to do everything. We tell them what to eat, what to watch, what to wear, and how to behave, but sometimes we don’t show them and lead by example. Wakefield Elementary led by example last week by showing its students what acceptance looks like.


We should all take a moment to thank former teacher and Theatre Wakefield actor Lara Guenette for bringing the idea to the school. Principal Fram-Greig should be equally lauded for being immediately receptive to the idea of having drag queens and kings read stories to the students. Where else will our kids learn this level of love and acceptance? Where are they going to learn about different cultures, perspectives, and outlooks than in our schools? Let’s be honest, we aren’t exactly bu