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There were lively scenes outside the National Arts Centre in Ottawa Wednesday as a group of people protesting a “family friendly” drag queen story time event were met by a large counter-protest of LGBTQ+ activists.
Members of the group Save Canada, as well as other concerned Canadians, staged a protest outside the “all ages” event, which featured drag performers Cyril Cinder and China Doll. Josh Alexander, one of the organizers of the protest, told The Post Millennial he believes drag is inherently sexual and his issue is not with the LGBTQ+ community, but with children being exposed to such performances.
“My group, Save Canada, decided to throw together an event when we were notified that the NAC was allowing a drag show for kids,” said Alexander, who attempted to watch the event but was escorted from the venue by police. Alexander is also currently not allowed to attend his Catholic high school after expressing his religious belief that there are only two sexes was deemed “detrimental to the physical and mental well-being” of transgender students.
“Drag is an inherently sexual event,” he said. “They deny that, but when I asked why I was being removed, why I couldn’t continue to see what was going on, they had no answers.”
Alexander was later arrested for unknown reasons.
The large crowd of rainbow-clad counter-protesters, many of whom waving rainbow flags and holding signs with messages such as “Hate Is Not Welcome Here” and “Defend Trans Joy”, were singing, dancing, and chanting slogans.
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