Leeds Council reschedules Children's Drag Queen Story Hour UK event after 'concerns' raised

A drag queen story time event for children which sparked a backlash has been rescheduled by Leeds City Council's library service.

By Joe Cooper
Monday, 19th October 2020, 3:03 pm
Updated Monday, 19th October 2020, 3:09 pm

Sab Samuel, who performs as Aida H Dee, was set to read to children via Leeds Libraries' Facebook page in June.

Leeds City Council then postponed the event after receiving "a number of concerns about this event which needed further consideration."

Yesterday (Sunday), Leeds Libraries confirmed via their Twitter account that the event was back on, though a time and date is yet to be announced.

Sab, who had described the initial reaction as a "kick in the face", told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "I'm ecstatic at the response.

"This is the very reason why I started the enterprise Drag Queen Story Hour UK.

"I don't think some people realise how important it is to teach others to accept those who are a little bit different, and I'm not just talking about trans people or LGBTQ+ but race, disability, age - everyone deserves to be treated with respect.

Sab Samuel as Aida H Dee.

"The initial reaction to Leeds Libraries announcing the return of my online stories was immense and extremely touching.

"The entire LGBTQ+ family in Leeds, and across the UK, has come out in support of this one story time.

"Love really does win over hate it seems."

Much of the original criticism of the event was communicated via Twitter.

Some people feel that drag related events are unsuitable for children and are anti-women due to the caricatured nature of the performance.

The event is advertised as being suitable for children aged two and above.

The Leeds Libraries Twitter account chose not to allow replies to their latest update on the event.