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Drag Queen Receives Death Threats From Outraged Moms For Attempting To Read Books To Kids


A “Drag Queen Story Hour” in Leeds, United Kingdom was shut down after a concerted effort by conservative mother’s group “Mumsnet” and various anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ groups to block Leeds City Council from hosting the event.

Aida H. Dee, who was set to host the event, received hate speech and death threats via the campaign.

The group Drag Queen Story Hour UK has an Instagram page where they promote the events.

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The group also created a video to show people what the program was about.

Leeds City Council, beleaguered by the requests, gave in to the great disappointment of Dee, known out of drag as Sab Samuel.

Samuel said:

“Leeds City Council have actually put out this message of anti-gay and transphobic rhetoric.”

“I feel I feel so upset for anybody who is LGBT+ in Leeds… this is such a kick in the face, to be honest.”

Samuel’s real concern lies with the children who “hear that [Drag Queen Story Hour] gets cancelled because there are haters out there” becoming afraid to express themselves in the world.

“To imagine that there’s going to be a kid in Leeds who was excited because there could be some sort of potential new role model to them. Somebody that they can actually relate to, to be told that they think they’re not allowed because it’s…”

The cancellation was purportedly set in motion by an anti-trans city councillor, who commented on the official Facebook event with:

“I’ve just seen this and shall be asking for a full and frank explanation from the chief executive for this utterly unacceptable misogyny.”

In addition to disturbing anti-trans social media posts.

Mumsnet then threatened to “crucify” Samuel, calling him a “pervert” among other LGBTQ+ slurs.

Though Samuel was “kinda scared,” he has dedicated his time instead to raising money for Mermaidsa trans youth charity, in hopes to repair some of the damage caused by Mumsnet on the youth LGBTQ+ community in Leeds.


Written by Mike Walsh

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