It was a confrontational scene in Kitsilano Friday. Video submitted to Global News shows protesters and counter-protesters coming face-to-face at a “Story Telling with Drag Queens” event.

Protesters clash at ‘Story Telling With Drag Queens’ event in Vancouver

A group of anti-LGBTQ2 protesters showed up at the event at Kits House and were chanting and yelling profanities at organizers and participants.

That spurred counter-protesters to come out and push back. Counter-protesters were seen standing their ground, playing and singing music as protesters screamed at them a few feet away.

It was not immediately clear who organized the protest or what their intentions were.

Counter-protesters who spoke with Global News asked that their last names not be used for safety reasons.

They said the protesters screamed at parents and children who arrived at the event.

“They just mobbed these parents and their toddlers who had to squeeze through these people who were screaming at them. It was horrendous,” said Megan, a counter-protester.

“(The protesters) were there to protect children, apparently, but all they did was scream at them.”

Another counter-protester said the group feels targeted for their beliefs.

“They have attacked the LGBTQS+ community in a way they haven’t attacked other communities and it’s this singular point of rage and it’s so concerning,” said Steph, a counter-protester.

I’m worried about what’s going to happen if this continues.”

In a statement on its Facebook page, Kits House said it’s proud to be a welcoming and safe space and has zero tolerance for hate speech or discrimination.

Protesters clash at ‘Story Telling With Drag Queens’ event in Vancouver
View image in full screen

Kits House has issued a statement regarding Friday’s event. Facebook/ Kits House

The Story Telling with Drag Queens event is where “two performers read stories and perform to music for an audience of children and families.”

Families with children aged three to 10 were encouraged to partake.

Kits House is a registered non-profit charitable organization that provides services and programs to “all residents” in Vancouver’s Westside community.

Global News has reached out to Vancouver police as to whether officers attended the scene.

NEWS RELATED

Kansas City Police Tow Bloodied Car, Not Noticing Body Inside

Police say they did not search the car because they did not have a search warrant, despite the fact that there was what appeared to be a bullet hole in the driver's seat and blood on the floorboards

View more: Kansas City Police Tow Bloodied Car, Not Noticing Body Inside

Britain’s leader fires party chairman over tax bill allegations

LONDON —  British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak fired the chairman of the governing Conservative Party on Sunday for a “serious breach” of ethics rules in failing to come clean about a tax dispute. Sunak had faced days of pressure to sack Nadhim Zahawi amid allegations he settled a multimillion-dollar unpaid tax ...

View more: Britain’s leader fires party chairman over tax bill allegations

London's Luxury Home Sellers Turn to WhatsApp as Private Sales Surge

A growing number of Londoners are opting for novel means of buying and selling their properties, with WhatsApp emerging as a new home for luxury listings. Off-market home sales surged in the British capital in the final three months of 2022, accounting for more than one-in-five (22.3%) transactions, according ...

View more: London's Luxury Home Sellers Turn to WhatsApp as Private Sales Surge

Philips confirms 6,000 new job cuts, 1,100 are in the Netherlands

Philips HQ in Amsterdam. Photo: Philips via Wikimedia Commons Medical technology company Philips has confirmed it is slashing its workforce by a further 6,000 jobs, of which 1,100 will go in the Netherlands over the next two years. The job losses were announced at the publication of the company’s ...

View more: Philips confirms 6,000 new job cuts, 1,100 are in the Netherlands

Barrett Strong, one of Motown's founding artists and known for 'Money,' dies at 81

Motown’s Barrett Strong arrives at the induction ceremony for 35th annual National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York on June 10, 2004. Louis Lanzano/AP hide caption toggle caption Louis Lanzano/AP NEW YORK — Barrett Strong, one of Motown’s founding artists and most gifted songwriters who ...

View more: Barrett Strong, one of Motown's founding artists and known for 'Money,' dies at 81

Scottish Premiership recap: From VAR controversy to Ange Postecoglou's lucky charm

The latest weekend of Premiership action saw a managerial departure plus plenty more VAR-related controversy.

View more: Scottish Premiership recap: From VAR controversy to Ange Postecoglou's lucky charm

North Korea Lifts Lockdown in Capital Due to Outbreak

The lockdown has not officially been labeled a re-emergence of COVID-19 because North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared victory over the coronavirus in August

View more: North Korea Lifts Lockdown in Capital Due to Outbreak

Captain Callum McGregor still relishes every chance he gets to play for Celtic after 400 games

The responsibility of meeting the demands of Celtic and their supporters has never waned for Callum McGregor during his first 400 games for the club.

View more: Captain Callum McGregor still relishes every chance he gets to play for Celtic after 400 games

Super Bowl 2023: Chiefs vs. Eagles ¿Cuándo y dónde se disputará el partido?

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal neck and neck in Grand slam title race

Adama Niane dead – French actor who starred in Netflix’s Lupin dies aged 56

Tragedy as talented young footballer dies suddenly – with heartbroken family sharing emotional tributes

Chris Dobey wins first TV title with dominant display in the final of the Cazoo Masters

Liam Fox proud of the character and resolve Dundee United showed in loss to Celtic

February is LGBTQ+ history month: here are 10 of the best places to celebrate it

Easter air fares will rise, warns Ryanair - live updates

NFL News: Kansas City Chiefs will play the Philadelphia Eagles at Super Bowl LVII

Earthquake rocks China's northwestern Xinjiang region

At California gun fair, few speak of recent mass shootings

Lisa Loring, who played Wednesday in the original ‘Addams Family’ series, dies at 64

OTHER NEWS