The Proud Boys, a far right extremist group, has announced that they will be gathering at a drag queen story time event in Columbus on December 3rd.
The Holi-drag Storytime event is slated to be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus and is described as “a new family-friendly, LGBTQ+ holiday tradition in Central Ohio.”
The event is being hosted by the Red Oak Community School, a K-5 school that “offers a learner-centered approach to education for families dedicated to cultivating joy in learning, fostering self-confidence and agency, and preparing students to be environmental stewards and champions of social justice.”
Ohio performers Mikayla Denise, Bianca Debonair and Ava Aurora Foxx will be reading children’s stories and performing holiday-themed numbers at the event.
First flagged by Advance Democracy, Inc., a non-partisan, non-profit research organization, the Proud Boys post from November 15 read:
The Columbus Proud Boys would like to announce that we will be attending the Holi-drag Storytime being held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus on December 3rd! We look forward to meeting all of the attendees and welcome Americans from all over to join us. It’s gonna be wild! Stand by for details…
Right Wing Watch picked up the story, explaining the significance of the word “wild”:
The emphasis of a “wild” protest is likely a reference to Jan. 6. Former President Donald Trump had called on his supporters to attend a rally on Jan. 6, 2021, promising that it would “be wild!” Many of attendees of that rally, including members of the Proud Boys, later marched on the U.S. Capitol, attacking police officers and storming the building.
Though the Proud Boys posted their intent on November 15, the news of this protest by a group associated with anti-LGBTQ+ violence comes less than 48 hours after a mass shooting at an LGBTQ+ night club in Colorado Springs.
Kaleidoscope Youth Center (KYC) — Ohio’s largest and longest serving organization supporting LGBTQ+ youth — was scheduled to staff an information table at the event, but has withdrawn due to safety concerns.
“Our community is in a specifically vulnerable space right now, and we take all threats seriously,” said KYC executive director Erin Upchurch. “While we recognize and support the importance of visibility, we also prioritize promoting safety for our team and community; especially our youth” 🔥
- Be safe. First and foremost, always err on the side of safety.
- Check out the event organizer’s fundraiser.