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Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition Board Statement Regarding the Domestic Terrorist Threat at Lancaster Public Library Drag Queen Story Hour

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

March 25, 2024

We at Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition are deeply disappointed to learn about the domestic terrorist threats that forced the cancellation of the Drag Queen Story Hour at the Lancaster Public Library. These threats are an attack not just on this event, but on the very values of acceptance and diversity that our community cherishes.

Events like these are meant to bring joy to families of all backgrounds. They celebrate creativity, self-expression, and the importance of being your authentic self. These are lessons we all need, regardless of age.

Call to Action:

  • Stand with the LGBTQ+ community: Consider attending future LGBTQ+ events in Lancaster. Show your support in person!
  • Spread the word: Share positive messages amongst your friends, family, and on social media. Let’s drown out negativity with a wave of love and acceptance.
  • Contact your representatives and local officials: Let Congress know about your concern about these threats and the importance of creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ events. Urge them to support legislation that protects the LGBTQ+ community and combats discrimination. You can find contact information for your representatives at https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative.
  • Contact local officials: Let Mayor Danene Sorace know of your disappointment and urge her to continue to condemn threats and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. You can contact her office at (717) 291-4701 or through the City of Lancaster Website at https://www.cityoflancasterpa.gov. Additionally, you can find contact information for your state legislators at the Pennsylvania General Assembly website https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator

The Coalition offers confidential sliding scale 1:1 therapy. Call (717) 288-7926 for our confidential line or use our Mental Health Intake form. If you are in need of immediate help, please call Crisis Intervention at (717) 394-2631, or contact Trans Lifeline at (877) 565-8860.

Together, we can create a more inclusive and vibrant Lancaster for everyone.

In solidarity,

The Board of Directors
Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

About Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

At Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition, we are committed to building a supportive and enriching community abundant in opportunities for LGBTQIA+ individuals and those with a stake in creating a more inclusive Lancaster County. For more information, visit lgbtlancaster.org