Breaking News
More () »

Holland drag story time event postponed due to safety concerns

Out On The Lakeshore hopes to reschedule the event at a more private venue sometime in early July.

HOLLAND, Mich — A Pride Month event on the lakeshore has been postponed. A drag queen story time event for children, planned by LGBTQ organization Out On The Lakeshore in Holland, will no longer happen because of safety concerns.

The event was going to happen on Monday night.

"We'd had this planned for well over a month now, as part of our pride month offerings," says Kate Leighton-Colburn, Executive Director of Out On The Lakeshore.

But she says that began to change when talk of a protest spread online among a group of close to 50 people.

On top of that, Holland's Pride Festival on Saturday saw protestors intervene more than ever.

"The protesters entered the park for the first time ever, they'd been on the outskirts the last few years outside of the park," says Leighton-Colburn.

While she believes in their right to protest, the venue at Holland Community Center has a small space that has her worried.

"They're welcome to protest, but I felt like it would be really upsetting to folks if they were surrounded when they were entering the building," says Leighton-Colburn. "We're thinking about emotional and physical safety here. I'm trying to avoid an escalation of that kind so that no one gets hurt."

While a new date is and venue are planned, she hopes to clear any misinformation around the event.

"It's a family-friendly event, we're reading developmentally-appropriate, age-appropriate books for children," says Leighton-Colburn. "And someone will be dressed up in costume like they would at like a princess story hour, which happens all the time as well."

Leighton-Colburn says she hopes to reschedule the event for early in July. For updates, she encourages people to check the Out On The Lakeshore Facebook page.

Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this. Download the 13 ON YOUR SIDE app now.

Have a news tip? Email news@13onyourside.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter. Subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Watch 13 ON YOUR SIDE for free on RokuAmazon Fire TV Stick, and on your phone. 

Before You Leave, Check This Out