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Clan Burger: Fallout from drag queen activity indicates that work remains on acceptance

With enough hatred or threatening posts, Dorval officials have strengthened the security of the second event at the City Library.

The Dorval Library invited Barbada, a drag queen, to host a story time event with children.
The Doval Library will host a story in the drag queen Barbada A time event with the invited children. Photo courtesy of Dorval Library

Some of the online posts to the Nishijima Library's efforts to promote diversity and inclusiveness are: Needs Pride Month and is important to the LGBTQ2 + community.

It was not surprising that the acceptance-based children's book reading activity, featuring drag queen performers, sparked online debate. Dorval city officials contacted Montreal police and there were enough hatred or threatening posts to add security for the second date held at the City Library in June.

Music teacher Sébastien Potvin's drug queen persona, Barbada, first read a book in a kindergarten class at the library, then posted a photo on her Facebook page, and is generally available for the June 11 event. Invited people. Many posts provided positive feedback to the initiative, including feedback from the Pointe-Claire city councilor who wondered about organizing something similar in the library.

"We can respect and agree to oppose and welcome the dialogue, but our page is blasphemous, insulting and intimidating. It's not a platform for, "said the library staff.

Many important views — "People who follow this nonsense agenda have fainted. Let's make a child a child. I hate this."  — Left untouched.

Books and themes about acceptance, tolerance, or different things about others were suitable for young children. Library staff said that the theme of sexuality was not covered at the time of the story, nor was the gender of the performers.

Doval should be praised for his efforts, but given that Barbada has held a similar storytime in day care for many years and hosted an event hosted by the Grande Bibliothre, it is a new frontier. It never opened. ..

Barbada's English and French sessions, sponsored by a friend of the Doval Library, were full. This means that many local parents have enrolled their children to participate in the colorful drag queen storytelling.

Dorval Mayor Mark Dore gives harsh tones of negative feedback from outside Montreal, including the United States, from online posts to emails and phone calls to the free event on June 11th. I was surprised at the collapse of. State and Western Canada.

"I don't know why this event was so controversial," said the mayor, saying a similar event was recently held at the library in Red Deer, Alta.

"We are all trying to be an inclusive society. I don't understand why we have to reach that point. That bothers my head," he said. Added.

Based on requests from participating parents, drag queen story events are considered successful, Drett said.

"This shows that demand is higher than ever," he added.

Children's books read at the event are readily available and can be found in the Quebec public library, Drett said.

"None of these books talk about sexuality," he said. "They talk about inclusiveness and diversity."

The mayor applauded police for their support and the evaluation of threatening messages. He said the June 11 event went smoothly, but he added that a protester appeared directly outside the library.

We often hear people asking about the need for Black History Month, International Women's Day, and Pride Month. These are aimed at raising awareness of the fraud and open issues facing the social segment and their outcomes.

Albert Cranberger is from the West Island / Off Island section of the Montreal Gazette

akramberger@postmedia.comI'm an editor.

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