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Drag Storytime – The One & Only Rexy reads at book fest

The One & Only Rexy speaks with reporter Eric Jansen after reading at the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley.
Peter Stickney
The One & Only Rexy speaks with reporter Eric Jansen after reading at the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley.

Why ban drag performers? Why all the fuss over drag story hours? Hear some for yourself ... then you decide!

Should drag be banned? With all the fuss over drag story hours – folks in fun frocks and magical makeup reading to children – we thought you'd like to hear and see some for yourselves. So you can consider if they should be outlawed, as some politicians demand.

No need to sneak into your local library’s kiddies’ room though, we’re bringing some to you! This month, Out in the Bay presents KPFA Radio’s 3-part Drag Storytime series, produced by Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen and two KPFA colleagues.

In episode 1, The One & Only Rexy reads Whoever You Are: A Baby Book on Love & Gender by Josephine Wai Lin and No One Owns The Colors by Gianna Davy.

Rexy spoke with us after the reading, and we also hear from author Davy and the Collective Book Studio owner and publisher Angela Engel. You can see Rexy read on KPFA’s YouTube page.

KPFA’s Drag Storytime Series was produced by KPFA Radio reporters E.A. and Eric Jansen and KPFA videographer Peter Stickney. Thank you KPFA for letting us post this series!

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Eric Jansen is a long-time broadcaster and print journalist. A former news anchor, producer and reporter at KQED FM, San Francisco; KLIV AM, San Jose; and Minnesota Public Radio, Eric's award-winning reports have been heard on many NPR programs and PRI's Marketplace. His print work has been in The Mercury News, The Business Journal, and LGBTQ magazines Genre and The Advocate, among other publications. He co-produced the June 2007 PBS documentary Why We Sing!, about LGBTQ choruses and their role in the civil rights fight.