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Approximately 100 protesters and counter protesters rallied outside the Windsor-Severance Library Saturday during the debut of a Drag Queen Story Hour program.

“I think visibility really matters,” said Emily Ambrose, holding a sign featuring the cover of the book “Daddy’s Roommate.” Standing next to her mother, Julia, Ambrose recalled protesting with her mom to keep that controversial book in her Juneau, Alaska elementary school’s library back in the early 1990s.

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Despite some complaints about its appropriateness for young audiences, organizers of an upcoming Drag Queen Story Hour at the Windsor-Severance Library said the event will continue as planned.

Sponsored by the Northern Colorado group SPLASH LGBTQIA-Youth, the children’s story hour will feature drag queens reading children’s books with inclusive storylines.

“The event is going to go on because it’s the right thing to do,” said SPLASH director Kimberly Chambers. “Having conversations with our young children about diversity — no matter what that looks like — is an important factor.”