Canceled at first, the readings of the Barbada stories will take place in Saint-Laurent

The Saint-Laurent Council will always encourage and respect art and creativity in all its forms. We are therefore pleased that we were able to exchange ideas with Barbada at a meeting that was enriching for everyone.stated, per press release, Alan DeSousa, Mayor of Saint-Laurent.

We are happy to welcome Barbada to Saint-Laurent in the best conditions.he added.

For its part, Barbada welcomed the district’s change of position. I’m happy […] to exchange freely and in mutual respect with the Council of Saint-Laurent. It is important to answer the questions to avoid misunderstandings.she said in the same statement.

A chilliness certain communities

The meeting, which took place on Monday, lasted a good hour. Alan DeSousa and those present were open to the discussion, Barbada said in an interview with Radio-Canada.

According to the latter, the Saint-Laurent Council has found that a month ago it had decided too quickly to cancel the two fairy tale readings. The participants of the meeting also mentioned, among other things, the chilliness some communities in the county to see a drag queen talking to children about homosexuality or sexuality.

Barbada was reassuring about his intentions. I explained to them that this is not what I talk about directly during my story readingsShe says.

The drag queen also noted that the Saint-Laurent Council needed leadership in its response to citizens who spoke out against holding Storytime because of their prejudice. Eliminate prejudices, don’t stop activitiesunderscores Barbada, which relies on listening to fight a priori.

The drag queen is hosting her Story Time on November 5th at 10:30am at the Vieux-Saint-Laurent library and then at 2pm at the Boisé library.

A petition calling for these readings to be postponed was launched about a month ago and received 644 signatures.

Barbada, embodied by primary school music teacher Sébastien Potvin, has been offering storytelling for children in libraries, schools and day care centers for the past six years to encourage the youngest to read.

She will be at the Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal on Saturday, August 6th for a storytelling session in celebration of Pride Week, which began Monday.

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