STAFF AND STORYTELLERS
Rachel Aimee, Executive Director
Rachel Aimee (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based parent with a background in publishing and social justice startups. Inspired by the original Drag Queen Story Hour program in San Francisco, Rachel organized the first DQSH NYC event in August 2016 and has since developed the project into a nonprofit that serves over 4000 kids a year in all five boroughs of New York City.
Oliver Click, Program Director
Oliver Click (they/them) is an artist, educator, and non-binary drag performer. They are passionate about the revolutionary power of drag as an art form, storytelling medium, and teaching tool for learners of all ages. When they're not teaching art classes in Brooklyn's public schools and parks, you might be able to find them sharing words and rituals on stages across the city as Ash Blight.
Harmonica Sunbeam, Coordinator of the Storytellers' Committee
Harmonica Sunbeam, the Comedy Queen, has been delighting audiences at nightclubs, cabarets, fundraising events, and supermarket openings throughout the United States and abroad for over 29 years. Since the inception of DQSH NYC, Miss Sunbeam has been featured in the New York Times and interviewed for a now-viral video on Buzzfeed. She is also the North Jersey coordinator of Drag Queen Story Hour.
Rev. Yolanda, Storyteller and Organizational Building Committee
Rev. Yolanda (she, her) is a trans femme gender queer singer songwriter and interfaith minister originally from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, "The Hit Recording Capital of the World". She's influenced by the music of her hometown, as it intersects with the spiritual spectrum. She has been making music professionally for over 35 years, and has won several awards along the way (Blues Hall of Fame, GLBT Hall of Fame, 2x MAC Award Winner at BB Kings in NYC). All the way through her life, creating art that reflected her journey in all of its challenges and enlightenment, has been what she believes is hers to do in this lifetime. Her latest work was released Oct 19, 2021 and is a "concept album" for her autobiographical musical entitled "The Church of The Alien Love Child Presents: The passion of Rev. Yolanda"
Cholula Lemon, Storyteller
Cholula Lemon is a NYC Drag Queen and stand-up comedian who is committed to educating families and children about gender and family diversity. Over the course of three years, she has worked with Drag Queen Story Hour as a fundraiser, advisor, teacher, and storyteller. She also leads DQSH bilingual readings and works with teens teaching makeup tutorials. She performs around New York City in and out of drag.
Paradise (they/she) is a trans and gender non-conforming rainbow unicorn princex hailing from the Queendom of Bushwick. Their favorite stories often explore themes of gender & creative self-expression. Through DSH, they seek to create a more inclusive community, one story at a time.
Miz Jade, Storyteller
Miz Jade is a Black queer drag performer, event host, and professional dancer. A queen known for her teaching, activism, and quick wit, she’s bound to gag you and turn the party. Known throughout NYC, Miz Jade has been described as fierce, sophisticated, and full of surprises.
Yuhua Hamasaki, Storyteller
Always 25-years-old, Yuhua Hamasaki is a fun and campy queen from New York City! Yuhua’s drag character is her own invention of her superhero that has given her courage, confidence, and happiness. She especially loves to explore the city and be creative during her spare time!
Bella Noche, Storyteller
Bella Noche, New York City's premiere mermaid queen, lures onlookers in with her fantastical spark of color, creativity and charisma. With a combination of both beauty and brains, you'll become part of her world before you know it, hook line and sinker.
Flame is a drag queen, peer educator, hairstylist, and world traveler. Flame does DQSH readings in Spanish and English and is currently learning several other languages. Flame’s inspiration to wake up every morning is to spread the message of love, equality, and unity for all.
Mary Jo, Storyteller
Mary Jo got her BFA in dance from The Ohio State University where she met many of the performers she worked with here in New York City. She was one of the founding members of the Brooklyn based drag/dance ensemble Backspace and during that time won a Glam nightlife award.
Lori Lu, Storyteller
Lori Lu is a Mexican Drag Queen and singer based in NYC who is committed to educating families and children about gender and family diversity. She started the first Drag Queen Story Hour in Mexico and organized more chapters throughout the rest of Mexico. Now Lori Lu works as a storyteller in NYC. She also leads DSH bilingual readings and works performing throughout New York City in and out of drag.
Professor Lionel Longlegs, Storyteller
Professor Lionel Longlegs (fae/faer, it/its, & they/them) uses stories, gestures, dances, & silly voices to comprise its "lectures". Often found at the tech booth when out & about, fae has as much fun making everyoen on stage look great as being up their faerself. It loves when drag can be communal & wants you to get in on the fun too! Dress up, make funny sounds & be your truest self!
Oliver Herface, Storyteller
Oliver H (he/they) is a non-binary, trans masc Puerto Rican drag king from NY! He is a high energy punk performer who travels all throughout the sewers of New York City. He was formerly a day care teacher and has a passion for working with children and education about what it means to be queer and trans. He is a cartoon villain and a storyteller at heart! He loves using color and strong shapes to push the boundaries of masculine and feminine.
Jason Fulgoni, Events Facilitator
Jason Fulgoni (he/him) is a newly hired facilitator born and raised in New York City and living in Queens. During his free time, he likes to play video games, explore the city, and hangout with his friends. He is glad to be a part of DSH and its organization.
Marina Reggiani Smith, Event Facilitator
Marina (she/her) is a queer mama and early educator who is passionate about using books and storytelling to help kids and their caregivers think about how to build a more inclusive, equitable, and loving world. She is also an aspiring full-spectrum doula and writer and is excited to facilitate community events with DSH NYC.
Vitaly Bespalov, Event Facilitator and Social Media Volunteer
Vitaly (he/him) was born and brought up in Russia. Currently, he resides in New York City. In Russia, he worked as a journalist for independent media outlets and non-profit organizations, covering LGBTQ rights, women's rights, HIV and STD prophylaxis. He is the author of Xenia, Who Will Soon Die (Ridero,2019), a Russian novel about transgender people's daily lives and problems. When he has free time, Vitaly explores NYC, hands out with his friends, cooks with his husband, or just gets some sleep.