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(LifeSiteNews) – Drag Queen Story Hour is again at the center of a maelstrom of controversy — this time in the United Kingdom.

“Aida H. Dee,” the name used by Sab Samuel, recently began a cross-country Drag Queen Story Hour tour. Samuel, according to an interview with the BBC several months ago, “seeks to explain non-heterosexual emotions to young people” and seeks access to both primary and secondary schools. “So many children out there don’t get an LGBTQ+ model because it’s taboo … Role models are like oxygen, if you don’t have them you can’t breathe and for LGBTQ+ people, we’ve been dying.” 

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Some people, it turns out, aren’t keen on a drag queen offering himself to children as a role model. During Samuel’s Monday event in Reading, two protestors crashed the event at 9:30 AM while another 25 protestors gathered in Abbey Square just outside the library. There was a heavy police presence, but nobody was arrested. A spokesperson by for the Reading Council condemned the protestors, stating: 

It is extremely disappointing that a small group attempted to disrupt story time. This was a ticketed event and all parents attending were aware of the nature of the performance. It is regretful that some people chose not to respect parental choice. The council does not tolerate threats or abuse against our staff, members of the public or the entertainers we have invited to perform at our venues. We worked closely with the local police and our own security teams to ensure the safety of everyone attending the event. Reading is a diverse community and our library service seeks to reflect and celebrate that by hosting and supporting a wide range of artists and audience experiences.

The spokesperson further stated that the sponsoring organization, Drag Queen Story Hour UK, is “a well-established professional children’s entertainment provider” and that “the content is both entertaining and age-appropriate.” According to Samuel, the drag sessions he hosts are targeted to ages three to 11, and there are nearly 70 more events scheduled in the weeks ahead across the United Kingdom. Many of those events will be protested by people to these events, noting that they are inappropriate. 

Despite his previous statements on introducing children to “non-heterosexual emotions,” Samuel insisted that it is “confusing” that “these groups are attempting to create a sexual focus here where none exists by drawing attention to sex and sexuality.” In a statement released to Twitter, he stated: 

Please don’t let these stupid protesters stop you from attending the rest of the events across the country. I promise you that we are more than prepared for these stupid people, and I can assure you my stories will be just as fabulous!

Drag Queen Story Hour events have become a symbolic lightning rod for the ongoing efforts of the LGBT movement to inculcate children with their values, with major protests of these events occurring in the United States by parents and others who object to the sexualization of childhood. These events are designed to introduce children to the LGBT movement, normalize the worldview of that movement, and mainstream the society the LGBT movement wishes to build (and, in large part, has built).

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The reason it is attracting protestors where so many other iterations of the LGBT movement’s ongoing social colonization have not is the fact that it is targeted to small children. For many parents who simply ignored the debate over the redefinition of marriage and related issues, that is simply a bridge too far. 

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.