SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — A new bookstore is coming to downtown Syracuse and will be starting a special event. Parthenon Books will have Story Time with a Drag Queen on Sunday after their grand opening tomorrow.
The assistant store manager, Charlie Murphy, played a part in bringing this idea to life after realizing the lack of LGBTQ representation within the city.
“To have a drag queen come, read children books about inclusion, I mean what a great idea,” said Murphy.
Miss Foxxy, whose “boy name” is Mark Laubach, will be the first drag queen to grace the stage. Laubach has been doing drag for years and sees this initiative as a step towards inclusivity.
“I hope to expose [people] to something different and have them see its okay to express yourself and live your true authentic life,” said Laubach.
The establishment of the bookstore itself is a game changer as the co-founder, Selena Giampa, said this is the missing link in the community.
“I think that small-town main streets always have something like a bookstore, if not a bookstore. And you know, we want South Salina Street to be Syracuse’s main street again, it was Syracuse’s original main street,” said Giampa.
Murphy said he hopes this story time event will continue in the future and that children will learn more about inclusion and loving yourself as well as those who are different.