Barbada Story Time actually takes place in Saint-Laurent

After considering canceling the storytime presented by drag queen Barbada, the Saint-Laurent municipality confirmed on Monday that the activity would indeed take place next November.

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“The Saint-Laurent Council will always encourage and respect art and creativity in all its forms. For this reason, we are pleased to be able to discuss with Barbada during a meeting enriching for all,” said Alan DeSousa, mayor of the district of Saint-Laurent, in a press release.

Beginning of July, The duty revealed that an elected county official had lobbied to have the activity, which had been planned for several months, canceled.

Following this decision, the artist, Sébastien Potvin, as his real name is, asked for a meeting with elected officials to explain his approach and try to reassure them.

“The main goal is to get the children interested in reading and at the same time to discover the richness of the differences! I am also pleased that I was able to interact freely and with mutual respect with the Saint-Laurent Council. It’s important to answer the questions to avoid misunderstandings,” he said.

At the same time, the district administration announced that it would greet the start of Pride week in Montreal by raising the rainbow flag.

Since 2016, Barbada has been offering storytelling lessons in various libraries. “His messages are imbued with an openness to difference, inclusion and diversity,” he explained in the district’s press release.

For its part, Mayor Valérie Plante’s team expressed its relief at the decision taken to allow Barbada to continue its activities “for the happiness of the little ones”.

“Our administration is committed to making Montreal an increasingly open, fair and inclusive city, and we expect that principle to apply throughout the metropolis,” the mayor’s office said.

At the same time, the district administration announced that it would greet the start of Pride week in Montreal by raising the rainbow flag.

Since 2016, Barbada has been offering storytelling lessons in various libraries. “His messages are imbued with an openness to difference, inclusion and diversity,” he explained in the district’s press release.

Storytime will be presented on November 5th at 2pm at the Bibliothèque du Boisé and at 10:30am at the Bibliothèque du Vieux-Saint-Laurent.

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