Join us for the 4th Annual Banned! Books in Drag

In September, libraries put up their Banned Books Week displays that highlight the freedom to read, because every year books are challenged and banned due to their content. Books that explore themes of race, sexuality and gender are often the most challenged books in libraries across the country. So, it makes perfect sense to celebrate the freedom to read and the tenets of intellectual freedom with a free drag show, our fourth annual Banned! Books in Drag.

This year’s drag show will once again feature books that are challenged and banned with performances inspired by titles such as Alan Ginsburg’s Howl, Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. At Neighbours night club on Saturday, September 23rd, doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the performances will start at 7:30 p.m. This event is 21+, so bring your I.D. and get there early as the lines can be ghastly long!

This year Banned! Books in Drag is being co-presented with The King County Library System, Gay City, PrideAsia and U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle. The Seattle Public Library Foundation has made this program possible.

Who is in the line-up, you ask? Your guide through the evening will be the Gay Uncle Jeffrey Robert explaining it all to us with his usually naughty wit and humor!

As for our drag performers, here is a sneak peek:

We’re so excited to welcome Cookie Couture, Seattle’s premier drag mom cheeseball, as both a performer and DJ for this year’s Banned! Books in Drag!

Come see why all of Seattle adores LaSaveona Hunt as she serves up a masterclass in drag!

Beauty, brains and 100% pure love—it’s Atasha Manila! She will leave you gagging for more at Banned! Books in Drag.

Whatever. Just some slacker realness from the dancing drag king stud Chico Johnson. Chico destroyed last year with his Thriller number. What’s in store this time?

And if you are coming for the books as well as the drag–and we hope you will love both!–then check out these two lists: LGBTQ: Banned and Challenged and QTPOC.

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