Man disrupts drag queen story hour, says audience will be ‘cast into lake of fire’
A man interrupted a drag queen story hour event on the day before Pride week in Ottawa to tell the audience they would be “cast into a lake of fire”.
Drag queen Adrianna Exposée was reading stories to children at Westcliffe Community Center on August 17 when the man burst in shouting, but she stood firm and defended herself against his tirade.
Caught on video by those in attendance, the man said: “The Bible says that men are men and women are women. Men shouldn’t dress like women, and women shouldn’t dress like men. This is sick.”
Some parents can be seen leaving with their children, while others tried to speak to the man and get him to leave the event.
But his tirade continued: “Child abusers will not inherit the kingdom of heaven, homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of heaven, lesbians will not inherit the kingdom of heaven.”
He told Exposée: “You’re coming to a child’s event and you’re polluting their minds… you are dressed like a whore in front of children.
“You are going to be cast into a lake of fire, and everyone here is going to be cast into a lake of fire.”
He also told a man holding a toddler: “You are a child abuser, sir, you’re bringing your kids here to watch this filth, you’re a child abuser.”
However, the drag queen responded: “If you have a problem with me, you can take it up with me, but do not bring it on these people.”
“You have a problem with how I am dressed, but we are here to celebrate love, we are here to celebrate Pride, we are here to celebrate inclusion.
“I am going to choose to accept myself this way and if God loves everyone, he is going to love me as I am.”
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Drag queen Adrianna Exposée said the incident demonstrated the importance of Pride.
As the man was finally leaving, he shouted: “Believe in Jesus, kids, don’t believe in LGBTQ. Kids, if you don’t want to go to hell, believe in Jesus Christ.”
Afterwards, Exposée told CTV News Ottawa: “Once it started, it didn’t stop. I initially felt shocked, and then my body kind of went numb.
“Things like that stick with you, so they definitely make you stronger.
“They make you realise that what you do is important and that people can relate to that – and I think it actually happened at the perfect time, right before Pride, because that’s where we’re protesting.”