Finding safe spaces for queer people in Alberta’s bar and restaurant scene

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03/20/2023

A number of restaurants, clubs and bars in the Prairies have benefited from the entertainment and pop-culture appeal of drag performers in recent years. But while some protesters have set their targets on these locales and the fundamental human rights of queer people, it feels as though it’s time for allied businesses to step up to the plate. Katrina Tessier is the owner of Scout: Coffee + Tea in Winnipeg. The family-oriented café opened in 2017 and has been a queer-friendly environment since its inception. Last October, Scout had protesters show up to a drag storytime event. While it hasn’t happened again, Ms. Tessier says they have received negative e-mails from angry individuals who disapprove of their inclusive event programming.

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