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More tolerance needed in Bedford

I am starting to become ashamed of the behavior that was being shown online concerning a drag show that was hosted by the Bedford Cooperative Arts and Off Pitt Street Theater Company on July 9.

While I have no link to this show, as an executive board member of the Keystone Alliance Gaylife Newsletter, I feel I must speak out.

Several local churches were posting on social media about how they were against this show, which is absolutely their right to do so.

Where the problem comes in, is in the sharing of these posts. Several were not so nice and stirred up problems.

It is not 1950 anymore, as much as the few community members wish it was.

These artists have a right to freedom of expression without harassment.

The show was for people over 21, so no minors were in attendance. I thought equality was for everyone no matter where you lived, including Bedford County.

These are our friends and neighbors who put on this show. Maybe we should treat them as such.

Elizabeth Fickes, Everett

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