What more to say. US system at work, right wing domestic terrorist. They did this same thing to shut down abortion centers and it worked for them, so they will try it again against legal events that the right has targeted. Where is the police protection for citizens going to a legal event? Dogs that love gravy, this is the 1960s race attacks, it is the 1970s / 1980s attacks on gay bars and night clubs. This is Nazi thug enforcers for the hateful right wing party, supported by red state governors. Where is the outrage from the left? Why are the rights of normal people being trampled on with impunity? Notice that some of the ones trying to force their regressive views on everyone else were members of a church. I am so tired of the right / republicans / fundies churches targeting the LGBTQ+ because of their book written 2,500 years ago. This is 2022 so get over it, live the way you want but let others do the same. Again notice that the protestors equated drag which is simply dressing up in costume with trans people. The performers normally are cis. Hugs I agree with this comment I posted below.
The Daily Beast reports:
A drag-queen story hour starring an 11-year-old performer at an Oregon pub was targeted by Proud Boys and neo-Nazis, some of whom hurled heavy rocks and smoke bombs during fiery clashes outside the event.
Police in riot gear ultimately had to intervene to stop the mayhem at Old Nick’s Pub Drag Queen Story Time Brunch on Sunday.
The Eugene Police Department said in a statement that it was well aware ahead of time that the event had “drawn polarized attention” across the state.
The Torch reports:
Witnesses stated that at one point the detractors had attempted to enter the pub through a side door but were pushed back by supporters. These anti drag queen detractors were made aware of this event by Andy Ngo, a right wing journalist who considers himself an expert on Antifa and the “militant left”.
Ngo tweeted about the event on Oct. 17, calling attention to Vanellope personally by posting pictures of her. The supporters of Old Nick’s were local community members who brought snacks and water for the allies and protected families as they entered the pub.
Some of the protestors were identified as Proud Boys and members of Rose City Nationalists were present. David Loveall, Springfield’s new county commissioner was there protesting the drag show along with members of the Crossfire Christian Church.
I’m so sick of this horseshit, as if drag is some exotic new phenomenon. Fuckin idiots.
Drag hasn’t changed. These people are just emboldened by Dump and MAGAts.
All of these “Drag Queen Story Hours” were started very innocently by public librarians as a way to encourage children to read more. At its heart, it is a very wholesome endeavor.
And drag queens, who wanted to give back, as a public service. To inspire closeted children among them? Yeah, sure. But that was never the PRIMARY point.
It was about the importance of imagining, particularly about one’s self.
Drag is just pantomime and has been around, WITH children, FOREVER.
Well, female drag at least. You know what we call male drag? It’s women at the grocery store in a t-shirt and jeans. Because no one bats an eye today if a woman wears mens clothing.
The next moral panic will be all drag shows.
Then all public LGBTQ events, especially Pride.
Then LGBTQ content in libraries (already happening), online, and on TV.
Then pro-LGBTQ policies in the private and public sectors.
Then LGBTQ health care.
The fascists want us invisible, broke, and sick.
We’re about to find out just how deep our allies’ support is.