After cancelling event, Montreal borough to allow drag queen story time for children

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After cancelling event, Montreal borough to allow drag queen story time for children

MONTREAL – A Montreal borough is reversing its decision to cancel a story time event for children hosted by a well-known drag queen.

St-Laurent borough Mayor Alan DeSousa says officials met with Sebastien Potvin, who performs as Barbada de Barbades, and approved two story-reading events on Nov. 5 at two libraries.

The borough was met with accusations of homophobia after it pulled the plug in July on Potvin’s story time for kids.

Barbada de Barbades, a prominent Montreal drag queen, is seen in an undated handout photo. Montreal’s St-Laurent borough has reversed its decision to cancel a well-known Montreal drag queen story time event for children at a local library. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Martine Poulin **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Officials said Monday in a statement that Potvin’s event will now be part of the borough’s fall program, which includes a series of cultural and library activities.

Potvin is welcoming the borough’s decision and says he has been hosting story time events since 2016, which he says encourage literacy and promote diversity.

He appears as Barbada on the reality competition show “Call Me Mother,” on OUTtv, and hosts the children’s show “Barbada” on Radio-Canada’s streaming service ICI Tou.tv.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Aug. 2, 2022.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Meta and Canadian Press News Fellowship

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