The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to partner with the Friends of the Rahway Public Library to bring Drag Queen Story Hour to Union County. Families and children are invited to join drag queen Harmonica Sunbeam at the Rahway Train Station Plaza, at East Milton Avenue and Irving Street, on Tuesday, August 21 at 11:30 a.m. for an hour of stories, singing and crafts. All are welcome and admission is free.

Presented by the Friends of the Rahway Public Library in collaboration with the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Office of LGBTQ Services, Drag Queen Story Hour is a national children’s program that raises awareness of gender diversity, promotes self-acceptance, and builds empathy through an enjoyable literary experience.

“Drag Queen Story Hour is an opportunity to honor each child as an individual and share a message of acceptance,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “The Freeholder Board is proud to collaborate with organizations and stakeholders that share our commitment to celebrate diversity, foster acceptance and inspire inclusive communities in Union County.”

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In 60 minutes, celebrated drag performer Harmonica Sunbeam brings a fun interactive program that encourages children to be tolerant of one another, to be open to being who they are and understand that not everyone is the same and it’s ok to be different. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Rahway Public Library.

“A simple way to let the community know that diverse families are welcome here is through inclusive programming,” said Freeholder Alexander Mirabella, liaison to the Union County LGBTQ Ad Hoc Committee. “We are proud to partner with the Friends of the Rahway Public Library to provide an inclusive space for all children and families to thrive regardless of gender identity and expression.”

Established as part of Chairman Granados’ 2018 Moving Union County Forward initiatives, the Office of LGBTQ Services, under the Division of Outreach and Advocacy in the Department of Human Services, is the first County government office of its kind in the State of New Jersey. It offers a platform for leadership and collaboration to support equality, and serves as a catalyst for advocacy, awareness and action on current and emerging issues that impact the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals.

For more information about the Office of LGBTQ Services, contact Danni Newbury, coordinator, at 908-527-4742 or dnewbury@ucnj.org or visit ucnj.org/lgbtq.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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Photo caption: The Rahway Train Station Plaza at East Milton Avenue and Irving Street will be the scene of a free, fun, outdoor children’s activity program with celebrated drag performer Harmonica Sunbeam at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held indoors at the Rahway Public Library. Photo credit: Jose Ramon Photography.