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Kids n' Queens Pride event proceeds without protest

Last Updated Jul 27, 2019 at 6:53 pm PST

The Kids n' Queens storytime event was held at Gordon Neighbourhood House on July 27. (Photo by Nathan Durec)
Summary

A planned protest against drag queens reading to children on Saturday never happened

The community showed up to make sure the event went smoothly after seeing talk of a planned protest online

This year's Kids 'n Queens event was at Gordon Neighbourhood House in the West End

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A planned protest against drag queens reading to children on Saturday never happened, but a counter-protest was ready if it did.

This year’s Kids ‘n Queens event was hosted by Gordon Neighbourhood House.

Senior Director Siobhan Powlowski says the community showed up in big numbers to make sure the event went smoothly after seeing talk of a planned protest online.

“We had a little walkway of people with signs and all kinds of wonderful things supporting kids as they walked into the building today, and cheering them on, telling them you are here, and we accept you and we love you, and this is the place for you.”

President of PFLAG Vancouver Colin McKenna says he came out is because he is frustrated that anti-LGBTQ protests are still happening.

“[We] wanted to make sure these children were protected from any kind of hateful displays. And it’s Pride, Pride is a protest as well as a party. We felt very strongly that we needed to be here.”

Vancouver NDP candidate David C. Jones says he was there to shield kids from being exposed to hate.

“You can’t change hate, just like you can’t change stupid, although you can try to educate it, right?” He says. “It’s really important, especially when little kids are involved, that we come and bring love. Tha’ts why were were applauding and singing and being joyful.”