A clearer picture emerges after cancellation of Lincoln drag show

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Star City Pride says the drag show it canceled last week wasn’t aimed toward children.

President Gretchen Arroyo said her entertainment director spoke with the venue, Crescent Moon, to make sure the all-ages drag show and a seperate event happening the next day at a bar, clearly stated age restrictions in marketing materials.

“So, we wanted to make it very clear since these events were back to back, that one was an event that all families (can) come to, bring their kids, bring their grandparents, whatever, and that it was very clear that the second was for adults only.”

Last Wednesday, OutNebraska informed Star City Pride about the posts made by the Nebraska Freedom Coalition, a conservative political action committee.

Malia Shirley of the Nebraska Freedom Coalition said that children should not be in any sexualized setting but that the group was not looking for the event to get canceled.

“We were just looking for there to be at least an age limit or to just not allow children to be that type of sexualized setting,” she said.

She went further, saying regardless of the venue, the nature of the event was not appropriate for all ages.

“If it’s revised and doesn’t allow children, then that’s fine, which has been our stance from the beginning,” she said.

On Thursday, the coalition tweeted again, saying, “These all age shows should be immediately shut down and the perpetrators brought to justice.”

Arroyo said the coalition was trying to “inflame any of their followers to incite violence.”

“They know exactly what they are doing; they are picking and choosing words that are inflammatory,” she said.

Arroyo said threats like these will not stop Star City Pride from producing future events.

“We dont take these lightly anymore, especially in light of the incredible tragedy that just happened in Colorado Springs,” she said. “The safety of our attendees, the safety of our board, the safety of Crescent Moon employees, the safety of our performers — we won’t take any chances.”

But Star City Pride will take necessary steps to ensure marketing materials clearly state the intentions of the event.

It has also been working alongside LPD to keep events safe and fun for all who attend.

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