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LGBTQ event at children's museum canceled following threats

Police are investigating death threats sent to the Lincoln Children’s Museum in Nebraska after it planned to host a private drag queen story hour.
/ Source: The Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. — A private LGBTQ event that was to be held at the Lincoln Children’s Museum has been canceled following a barrage of threats — including death threats — against the museum and the nonprofit group putting on the event.

The children’s museum announced the change Monday in a social media post, saying it had canceled plans to hold a private drag queen story hour Saturday after business hours, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

“Over the past few days. the Lincoln Children’s Museum and event host OutNebraska have both received an overwhelming number of threats of violence against our organizations, many going so far as death threats,” the museum posted on its Instagram page.

The Lincoln Children's Museum in Lincoln, Neb.
The Lincoln Children's Museum in Lincoln, Neb.Google Maps

Lincoln Police Officer Luke Bonkiewicz said police are investigating the threats. Bonkiewicz declined to give details about the threats, but said they caused concern for the safety and well-being of potential attendees of the now-canceled event.

News of the threats prompted Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird to issue a written statement Tuesday morning calling the threats and “inflammatory online posts” that fueled them unacceptable.

“To our LGBTQ friends and neighbors, know you are loved and welcome in our city,” Gaylor Baird wrote.