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

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MONTREAL — A Montreal borough is reversing its decision to cancel a storytime 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 storytime for kids.

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 storytime 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

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


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