DENVER (CBS4)– Protesters were kept behind a fence with a strong police presence outside an all ages drag show in Denver on Sunday. About a dozen young people participated in the show which caused some controversy.

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The show on Sunday was organized by Mile High Comics and the spotlight quickly turned away from the stage and focused on the controversy.

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Children making their way into the venue were escorted by adults, many of them wearing earphones to drown out the protests.

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“These kids are so brave. To be able to share their gifts and their talents,” said Elizabeth Mitchell. “I am a Christian and because I am a mother of a gay child and because my granddaughter is performing in this today. There is a lot of emotion and a lot of conflict for me.”

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Protesters brought signs and tried to spread their message with bullhorns.

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“We have to protect ourselves in a defensive matter. We’re not promoting any kind of violence or hatred,” said one protester.

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The show is a regular occurrence, happening the first Saturday of the month for the past six months.

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