Packed house for ‘Say YAAAS to Reading’


It’s been done elsewhere but for the first time in Wichita, drag queens read books to children as part of a diversity initiative.

‘Say YAAAS to Reading’ was put on as part of Wichita PRIDE week, a time to honor the local LGBTQ community. Local drag queens Divinity Masters, Starla Nyte, and Juju Noir read children’s stories to a standing-room only crowd at Wichita’s Advanced Learning Library.

“Just because I may look different or come from a different place in my life, deep down we’re all the same. Everyone’s a person,” Divinity Masters, also known as Brad Thomison, said.

Thomison read the children’s book “Red,” about a blue crayon wrapped in a red wrapper. 

Holly Byers brought her daughter, who she said was more interested in the drag queens makeup and jewelry than the story or the fact that it was being read by a drag queen.

“This isn’t an event I ever thought was going to be available to people in Wichita, Kansas, so it’s awesome to be able to have that available to us. I just want my daughter to have access to a wider community than what she would normally be presented with,” Byers said.

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