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Drag Me To Dinner in Kentville Support Rally

On Saturday, June 3, there will be a peaceful support rally outside the King's Arms Pub, where a family drag event, Drag Me To Family Dinner is planned. Organizers are quick to call this a support rally, and specifically not a counterprotest.

The dinner event invitation reads: "Come celebrate Pride month with the whole family! bring the kids for dinner while we entertain them! Performances, sing-a-longs, and stories." The event was sold out as of mid-May.

A protest of the dinner event is being organized by Berwick resident, Kasey Kenneally who has also created a petition, promoted on the Facebook group Valley Resistance, to have the event changed to 18+. Kenneally did not get a lot of support from a review of the venue posted on Facebook, demanding much the same thing.

Kenneally has also posted a "Call to arms" which Halifax activist Curtis Cartmill reported to the Kentville police, "I just wanted to know, given that Kentville is the jurisdiction of the Kentville Police: (a) if you had been notified of it, and (b) are looking into the threats that are being made to the entertainers and performers for that day?" They responded, "We are aware of the posts and have an ongoing file for the event."

Performer Queera Bang says, "We need to be building a wall of love and acceptance to block the hate, drown out the hate! Now is the time to unite."

Niko Steenken of Annapolis Valley Pride says: "We will be there to support the Wolfville Pride Organization and the producers of the event."

I support all members of my community... with the exception of anyone who shares hate and misinformation. -- pub owner Joey Murphy

Owner of the venue Joey Murphy has issued the statement: "I support inclusivity and diversity in my community. I respect and support everyone to make choices and to live their own lives. I support all members of my community... with the exception of anyone who shares hate and misinformation."

The event indoors is sold out, but there will be another event outdoors. Murphy says: "Keep an eye on the facebook event [link below] as we will be continuously updating it. This will be a family oriented event and alcohol will not be sold outside." The Facebook event, entitled Come Together '23 reads, "Inviting all Kings, Queens, Princes, Princesses, Jokers and all other royalty for an awesome afternoon in the Kings Garden. There will be live music and other entertainment outside at our side patio."

The organizer gives specifics for attending the event: "Bring your flags, banners, bubbles, noise makers and open hearts, and don't forget your brightest pride gear. We will drown this hate out with love and show these bigots and fearmongers what community really means! Hate will not win!"

Where: In front of the King's Arms Pub, 390 Main St, Kentville, Nova Scotia  
When: Saturday, June 3rd, 2023, 3:00pm  
Support Rally Facebook Event: Come Together 2023