Bakery that hosted drag event closes after hate groups made her work a “nightmare”

This is being allowed in the land of the free and where the laws apply to everyone!   Yes the maga thugs who are the enforcement arm of the republicans preach about freedom but what they mean is freedom for them to oppress anyone who doesn’t do as the right dictates.   This is a deliberate scare tactic telling other businesses that if you dare support something the right doesn’t like we will destroy your business and keep you from being able to make a living.    Is this the USA we want to live in.  When they get their way with the drag queens and drive the trans people from society who will they target next.  Those gays who think they have a legal right to exist and marry, beat the shit out of everyone of them who dares to show themselves in public.   Who next, any non-Christian?   The Jewish people are already under attack by these same thugs who publicly support Nazism while working as the Hitler brownshirts for the republican party.   There is a reason why these Nazi gang thugs support DeathSantis and other white supremacist republicans.    Hugs

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A bakery will permanently close its doors after experiencing months of vicious harassment for hosting a drag show.

Uprising bakery & café is located in a Chicago suburb called Lake in the Hills and owned by Corinna Sac, who opened the bakery in 2021 as an inclusive space for all. A press release announcing the closing details Sac’s desire for the bakery to be a space where LGBTQ+ couples could come for wedding cakes.

“Her dream of an inclusive bakery has since become a nightmare no businessperson could have anticipated,” the release states.

“Closing our doors is the direct result of the horrific attacks, endless harassment, and unrelenting negative misinformation about our establishment in the last eight months,” Sac, who is bisexual, said in a statement. “From an award-winning bakery that donates to local organizations and supports diversity and inclusion, we have been rebranded by misinformation as ‘gay only’ and ‘pedophiles.’”

She added that the relentless protestors have caused local customers to be afraid to visit the bakery out of fear of harassment.

The press release describes the event in question as a “family friendly show featuring drag performers” that was hosted by the café in 2022 and required registration and a ticket.

“The event drew outrage from many resulting in a targeted attack of vandalism at the property the night before. The doors and windows were destroyed, the glass was shattered, and messages of hate were painted on the building.”

Sac said the man who did this, Joseph Collins, was a member of the white nationalist hate group Proud Boys and was charged with a hate crime.

After more attacks took place, the Village of Lake in the Hills then told Sac she could no longer hold events in the space due to zoning, even though she’d already been hosting events there for a year with no issues.

“A campaign was initiated to discredit, damage and defame Ms Sac, her staff, her food, and her patrons,” the press release went on. “Protestors spent more than 120 consecutive days on the property, creating disturbances, inciting violence, photographing license plates of patrons, and harassing them on social media and online.

Because patrons have been too intimated to visit the bakery, Sac’s sales have plummeted and thus, she cannot afford to stay open. She said she’d need $30,000 to keep her doors open.

Sac is currently working to raise money for employees so she can give them some financial padding. There are also events and fundraisers scheduled throughout the rest of the month to try to save the bakery. If they do not succeed, it will close on March 31st.

“Everything I have is in this business,” Sac said. “Our home, our cars, retirement, savings. We put everything we had on the line and personally secured this location, our equipment, and our dreams.”

No matter what happens, Sac vowed never to stop fighting for justice. She recently testified at the state legislature about her experiences.

“If we have to go out, we will go out with a BANG,” she declared in the release, “and make it long-lasting and positive. I will do everything I can to make sure what happened to my American Dream doesn’t happen to anyone else.”

Fueled by anti-LGBTQ+ misinformation on social media, over the past year, drag queen story hours and other family friendly LGBTQ+ events featuring drag performers have become a target for far-right groups like the Proud Boys as well Republican politicians. Earlier this month, Tennessee became the first state to pass a law intended to ban drag performances in public spaces. Similar legislation has been introduced in state houses across the country.

2 thoughts on “Bakery that hosted drag event closes after hate groups made her work a “nightmare”

  1. This is the thing I was concerned with when tfg started steamrolling politically: that violence would become normalized even while remaining illegal.
    I get a weekly email from National Today because a student referred me one day, a few years ago. This week includes Transgender Day of Visibility, and here’s the link:

    I hope I don’t get you in trouble there in FL … 🛡

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    1. Hello Ali. Thank you! Thank you for always being willing to help, to being a grand ally, to being willing to add suggested other links. I don’t think you know how much I appreciate you doing all these things while I have not been able to handle the comments. Best wishes. Scottie

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