Toulouse. Reactions, new petition… The drag-queens reading workshop unleashes passions
Through Simon Vermot Desroches
It is an understatement to say that the story makes people react. Tuesday, January 23, 2023, for the sake of “appeasement”, Jean-Luc Moudencthe mayor of Toulouse, had indicated “reorienting” for adults, a reading workshop intended for children from 3 to 6 years old, and led by two drag queensShanna Banana and Brandy Snap.
An “appeasement” which followed the request for outright cancellation issued by the identity group French Fury, followed by The strike for all. They had thus launched a petition against holding the event.
A petition “against censorship”
In response to the cancellation of the event, Bertrand Boillotdirector of the MJC Roguet where a workshop of the same type will be held at the beginning of February, also started a petition.
A response to this first request, which he considers to be a “claim without embarrassment or apparent fear of a right to censorship in the name of an alleged moral order” and to which he replies: “No, neither today nor tomorrow, neither here nor elsewhere”.
Call to “keep everyone safe”
A petition which also calls on the authorities to “ensure the safety of artists and of all those who, not wishing to be intimidated, will come to attend the reading”, because the “threat that a small identity group poses today to the freedom of Shanna and Brandyof the Toulouse media library and the MJC Roguet must be taken seriously”.
The left criticizes the mayor
The political reactions were also numerous. The elected representatives of the various left-wing opposition groups, ecologists and citizens, directly targeted the mayor of Toulouse. “It is not enough to illuminate the facade of the Capitol of the LGBTQI+ flag once a year to conduct an inclusive policy, they tackle in a press release. And to add: “It is revealed by this act the support for intolerancefar from the humanist ideas of our city”.
The right to identity demands even more
On the other side of the political spectrum, the Reconquest Partycreated to support the candidacy ofEric Zemmour in the last presidential election, on the contrary asks the mayor, through the voice of Chantal Dounot, his departmental delegate, to go further. For the other representation of the two drag-queens already targeted, but also about two other exhibitions: “Confronting a child (…) or a fragile adolescent with the thorny question of gender is neither a matter of discovery nor ‘of dream ‘, but of a despicable propaganda targeting a malleable public because without the capacity for free will, ”explains the party representative.
Rarely has a reading workshop in a media library made so much noise.
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