Drag queen hounded with death threats and labelled a paedophile for ‘reading stories to Leeds kids’ – Leeds Live
A drag queen says she received death threats every day for a whole month “all because I read stories to children”.
Sab, who is autistic and also has ADHD, was accused of being a misogynist and “sexually objectifying children” and despite the event being cancelled, the abuse didn’t stop there.
The 26-year-old was riddled with online abuse and he was also forced to move home when his personal details were leaked online.
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Speaking to LeedsLive, Sab said: “It goes to show that there’s still people in the UK who still harbour these hateful views and its establishments like this teaching people not just children but adults that homophobia, transphobia and racism will not be tolerated.
“In August, there was not a single day I didn’t have online abuse or death threats. Every day in August I got death threats because I read stories to children.
“[In June 2020] It was a small minority of people who weaponised homophobia and transphobia to get something cancelled because they wanted it to be.
“My details were published online and I did get death threats. I was on the phone to the police about it and I was being called a paedophile.
“I have moved house since then as well.
“I wish some of the comments were still visible now, I want to highlight how many people did give me a warm welcome overall. Love does win, it really was a small minority of people [who wanted his reading event cancelled].”
Sab, who now lives in Wales, has praised councillors from the authority as well as the Leeds Libraries team for the support they have shown since June.
Since the incident last year, Sab, who hopes he can be a role model to young queer people, has written a book called The Three United Goats which talks about friendship and bullying.
He added: “If I had known some of the people I could look up to growing up as a role model, I could have become more accepting of myself, that’s what I’m trying to do for young queer people.”
Last year, a spokesman for Leeds City Council said the authority needed to “properly consider” the concerns which had been raised.
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However, he added: “Our libraries remain fully committed to hosting a programme of diverse and inclusive events and we will continue to discuss how best to do this alongside our visitors, guests and communities.”
Aida H Dee will be reading at Leeds Libraries event on Saturday, February 27, at 2pm as part of LGBTQ History Month.
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