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Drag superstar Irma Gerd reads to children at Chapters in St. John’s

Irma Gerd wants to show another side of drag. Gerd reads LGBTQIA friendly books to children at Chapters in St. John’s Sunday afternoon.
Irma Gerd wants to show another side of drag. Gerd reads LGBTQIA friendly books to children at Chapters in St. John’s Sunday afternoon.

Drag queen Irma Gerd spent her Sunday afternoon reading to children at Chapters in St. John’s.

Gerd picked a few books from the LGBTQIA friendly section at chapters in St. John’s to read to her audience.

While living in Toronto just a few years ago, Gerd saw a similar event happening, and knew she wanted to be a part of it.

“Drag Queens and children aren’t really two groups of people you would think to put together,” said Gerd. “That’s why I loved it.”

Kerri Rowe brought her six-year-old daughter to the story time on Sunday afternoon, and said it was a great learning experience.

“It’s something I didn’t think to explain to my daughter,” said Rowe. “I had explained to her that some boys like boys, and so on. But I never explained that some boys like dressing as girls, and vice versa.”

“When I heard about the event last week, I started trying to explain it all to her in the days leading up to today,” said Rowe. “But now that she’s seeing it for herself, it’s much easier for her to understand.”

Gerd said the event was everything she hoped it would be.

“Kids just get it,” said Gerd. “They won’t think there’s anything wrong with being gay, or dressing differently, unless someone teaches them otherwise.”

Gerd was very well received by her young audience, even being compared to a Barbie doll during one of her readings.  

“I think a lot of people have stigmas about queer people,” said Gerd. “I want to show everyone another side of drag, and to prove to people that we are human, and we can, and want to interact with children.”

Beth.penney@thetelegram.com

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