Lincoln Children’s Museum, OutNebraska cancel event after reported threats of violence

LINCOLN, Neb. -- An event hosted by OutNebraska at the Lincoln Children's Museum has been canceled after organizers cited safety concerns.

In a Facebook post shared by the museum on Monday, event organizers announced that Drag Queen Story Hour, which had been booked as a private event hosted by OutNebraska, had been canceled after both the museum and OutNebraska had received threats of violence in the past week.

"We are very saddened to say this event has been cancelled due to the growing safety concerns that have been created by some in our community," the museum's account said in the post.

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Backlash to the event had increased in recent days after a social media post shared by former U.S. Senate candidate Matt Innis went viral. Innis, who lost in the 2020 Senate primary to incumbent Ben Sasse, has led the charge against the Nebraska Department of Education's proposed health education standards.

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Nebraska State Sen. Adam Morfeld responded to the event's cancellation and threats on Tuesday morning. Morfeld, who will complete his term in the Legislature in 2022 and has announced that he will run for Lancaster County Attorney.

"Hate has no place in Nebraska," Morfeld said in a tweet, noting his intention to prosecute similar cases if elected. Current Lancaster County Attorney Patrick F. Condon said he would not comment on any potential prosecution related to the matter.

"There's a code of professional conduct by which prosecutors abide," Condon said. "Perhaps my opponent doesn't know that. I can't make extrajudicial comments. I do not feel it is appropriate to do so."

Lincoln mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird also commented on the issue via Twitter on Tuesday morning, stating the threats are under investigation by Lincoln Police.

"Playing politics with people’s lives is never acceptable," Gaylor Baird said in a statement issued to the media. "Inflammatory online posts about a private event at the Lincoln Children's Museum inspired threats and fueled hatred and fear. All threats are being investigated by the Lincoln Police Department, and, to our LGBTQ friends and neighbors, know you are loved and welcome in our city."

Lincoln Police confirmed Tuesday afternoon that it was investigating the incident.

"LPD is investigating this incident, and the investigation is ongoing," the department said in a press release. "LPD is investigating all leads, including whether these threats were directed at OutNebraska and its ties to the Lincoln LGBTQ+ community.  At this time, no arrests have been made."