Hamilton Library hosts drag queen storytime amid handful of protesters – Hamilton

A handful of protesters gathered outside a public library in Hamilton, Ont., to oppose a drag queen story on Thursday morning, but were met with an even larger group of counter-protesters.

Billed as a “family” affair for the Hamilton Public Library (HPL), supporters of the event ventured out in numbers to Mohawk Road and West Fifth Avenue.

Kofi Donaldson says it was important to show up at the Terryberry Library to support event attendees, as he could have benefited from more LGBTQ2 representation as a child.

A group of counter-protesters said it was important to show support for the LGBTQ community at the Terryberry Library near Mohawk Road and West 5th Avenue.

“So kids can see someone who maybe like them, will give them more confidence,” Donaldson said.

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“I think now…this event, also for maybe kids who won’t become queer as they grow up, it would just be like an exhibition for them to understand the people around them.”

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This is the second time Story Time has been held at a public library this month, the other at their Binbrook location.

Shelley McKay, the library’s communications manager, told Global News that children and parents really appreciate them as part of an initiative to support “intellectual freedom”.

She called Thursday morning’s gathering outside the facility “peaceful” if a bit “surprising”.

“It’s lucky that we’re able to do this, that it’s our right to be able to do this,” she said.

“I hope everyone…has a good conversation, respectful speech and I hope the little ones have a good time.”

Hamilton police were on hand to separate the groups.

Spokesperson Const. Krista-Lee Ernst said no arrests or charges are necessary.

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