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A Ru Paul’s Drag Race contestant has made history by becoming the first drag queen guest speaker at Yale Law School.
Robin Fierce, who appeared in Season 15 of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, delivered dramatic readings of three books aimed at children and young adults and then performed a dance number for the assembled audience who were present to witness this historic moment in the prestigious law school’s almost 200-year existence, reports the Yale Daily News.
The three books selected for this momentous occasion were: Anti-Racist Baby, by Ibram X. Kendi, And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, and an excerpt from All Boys Aren’t Blue, by George M. Johnson.
“To be drag is art,” said Fierce, who reportedly jokingly requested to be called “Professor Robin Fierce,” at the talk. “It is expression [and] it is a release of a feminine side that is oftentimes suppressed by family members or the world. How are you banning art when there are so many different forms of art out there?”
The event took place as the debate rages around drag queen story times, with opponents arguing that such performances are an adult form of entertainment inappropriate for children, while supporters see it as a colourful form of harmless fun to promote tolerance and inclusivity.
According to the Yale Daily News, Fierce is of the opinion that the real purpose of drag storytelling is to bridge the gap between the different queer and non-queer communities through empathy, not to push “transitioning” propaganda or ideologies about sexual orientation on children.
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