A man tried to espouse hatred at a drag queen story hour event in Ottawa, Canada, but drag performer Adrianna Exposée was quick on her heels in her response.
Video from the event, which was held on August 17 at Westcliffe Community Center, shows the man yelling at Exposée.
“The Bible says that men are men and women are women,” he ranted. “Men shouldn’t dress like women, and women shouldn’t dress like men. This is sick. … You’re coming to a child’s event and you’re polluting their minds. … You are dressed like a whore in front of children.”
The protestor’s vitriol wasn’t just directed at Exposée, however. “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 shouted. “You are going to be cast into a lake of fire, and everyone here is going to be cast into a lake of fire.” (Sounds toasty!)
The dude even spewed his hate at attendees at the event, telling one, “You are a child abuser, sir. You’re bringing your kids here to watch this filth. You’re a child abuser.”
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Exposée clapped back at the protestor, saying, “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.”
The queen later reflected on the confrontation in a CTV News Ottawa interview, noting that the heated exchange proved the value of the city’s Capital Pride 2019 event, which was just getting underway.
“Things like that stick with you, so they definitely make you stronger,” Exposée said. “They make you realized 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.”