Coronavirus can’t stop drag queen story time. It’s going virtual now.

Nina West is holding drag queen story time online until the pandemic passes
Nina West is holding drag queen story time online until the pandemic passes. Tennessee's bill is so vague that a kid watching the story time online at a public library could be a violation. Photo: Instagram

While Christian conservatives have already started blaming LGBTQ people and the “sin” of marriage equality for the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus, one pundit linked to a recognized hate group went so far as to proclaim the virus “good” because drag queen story hour events can’t be held at public libraries while they’re closed.

Former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Nina West apparently didn’t get the memo, because she’s started holding virtual story hours for kids on Instagram Live.

Related: A quarantined gay man played piano on his balcony for neighbors. Then someone brought out the sax.

West, who wrote the children’s book Drag Is Magic, held her first story time show this week. She chose RED: A Crayon Story to debut the series and followed it up with a short arts and crafts segment.

The story by Michael Hall is about “a crayon who suffers an identity crisis when he is labeled wrong.”

“Yesterday was AMAZING!” West posted on Instagram the next day. “Thank you to all of my friends who tuned in to the very first STORY TIME WITH NINA. This will be happening again (and again and again!).”

“I hope this first story time brought some smiles to your face and the face of little ones in your life! We will be doing it again this Saturday!”

All other Drag Queen Story Hour events are still being held – virtually, on Facebook and Instagram. They continue throughout this weekend and beyond.

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