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In the last few months, propelled into the spotlight by far-Right media like InfoWars, a collection of Alt-Right, neo-Nazi, and Proud Boy groups have set their sites on attacking #dragqueenstoryhour - with some groups now even pushing for doxxing parents. itsgoingdown.org/this-week-in-f…
#dragqueenstoryhour is a non-profit of over 35 chapters across the US and made up of volunteers who are trained and given background checks. The goal of the group is to create a space of tolerance and acceptance that they hope will translate into future generations making change.
One volunteer said of the group: “This year we celebrated 50 years of Pride, and knowing that there [are] so many drag queens, to many transgenders, so many lesbians, so many gay people getting killed…just for being who they are…we don’t want that to continue.”
QSH has been met across the country with protests + used as outrage fodder in Right media circles. As Alex Jones “reported” on InfoWars, “We got footage this weekend…of a drag queen festival…and they show up, and they have their way with your children, in demon outfits!”
Seizing on the backlash, far-Right groups, neo-Nazis, and the Proud Boys have jumped into the fray, joining in on protests against Drag Queen Story Hour and now some are even pushing to release private information of even parents who attend these events.
As @EHKronf reported, one of the first white nationalist groups to jump on this band wagon was Identity Evropa/American Identity Movement, who filmed themselves standing outside a library with two people holding a flag referencing an Alt-Right meme, "clown world."
With no qualms about platforming a white nationalist group that helped organize and plan Unite the Right in Charlottesville, InfoWars hosted IE/AIM leader Patrick "McLovin" Casey on their program to talk about the brief and minor action and #dragqueenstoryhour over all.
Soon after, #dragqueenstoryhour hit Fox News and the threats started to poor in and protests started to be organized. Due to threats, some events were called off, others were shut down by city officials, such as in Leander, Texas. So much for free speech!
As VICE wrote: "Threats have been fueled by conspiracy theories that the events are hotbeds of pedophilia. This theory has been promoted across right-wing media, including Fox News, all the way to the racist forums on the imageboard sites 8chan and 4chan."
"Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum recently ventured that there’s a “sexualization element” to Drag Queen Story Hours. Earlier this month, Fox News’ Laura Ingraham’s guest on her podcast likened Drag Queen Story Hours to NAMBLA, a pro-pedophilia advocacy group."
The #ProudBoys also soon got into the game - both on and offline. On their "mass report thread" which they have used to kick journalists off Twitter, they called for their members, which consider themselves defenders of free speech, to call libraries to shut down events.
Last week, Proud Boys in Renton, Washington also attended city meetings to stop the #dragqueenstoryhour (please govment - shut it down!) and then protests when the city refused.
It should also be noted that antifascist and community defense groups like the @PugetSoundJBGC were on hand to provide protection against far-Right groups to the local community.
This protest by the #ProudBoys came hot on the heels of their protest in #Seattle against a trans pride march and their close connections to the "Straight Pride" organizers in #Boston, who are heavily linked to neo-Nazi groups like Patriot Front.
According to #ProudBoys founder Gavin McIness, "We don’t care what your sexual preference is + that includes guys dating trans." Despite this ironic PC language, it seems while Proud Boys are okay with having sex with trans women, they also want to protest them coming outside.
In the real word, homo + transphobia have always been central to the Proud Boys. When the group beat people in #NewYork last year, they called out "faggot" against and again while they beat those who come to oppose them speaking at an official GOP event. thinkprogress.org/proud-boys-vio…
Gavin McInness also famously called on his followers to, "Choke a tranny. Get your fingers around the windpipe." And while ironically giving the green light to his troops to have sex with trans people, he also said trans parenting was "child abuse."
Some neo-Nazi groups are pushing to go even further against #dragqueenstoryhour; on Telegram accounts like that run by Paul Nehlen, GOP hopeful turned Nazi edgelord that celebrates mass killers, called on followers to doxx and harass parents who brought their kids to DQSH events.
And in case you forgot, Paul Nehlen only months ago was backed by both Bannon and Trump and now he wears shirts celebrating the Pittsburg synagouge mass killer. MAGA like a MOFO indeed. theguardian.com/world/2017/dec…
Threats to #dragqueenstoryhour remain very real. In recent weeks, two events in Pittsburgh were cancelled. In Texas, a man attempted to enter one story hour event with a hand gun. In Maryland, a man was arrested after running into the room and screaming." outsmartmagazine.com/2019/01/armed-…
Just as the spreading of the cement conspiracy over the weekend, what is happening with #dragqueenstoryhour should be an example of how the far-Right ecosystem of outrage, media + violence works in real life.
By playing off of real fears and insinuating that DQSH has something to do with sex or pedophilia, the far-Right ensures that their story gets out there. In the process, they risk pushing people who actually belive them to violence. This is exactly what happened with Pizzagate.
Seeing this media frenzy unfold and protests starting to be organized by the grassroots, neo-Nazi, Proud Boy, and Alt-Right groups seek to intervene in these situations, attempting to make alliances with people calling protests and posting on social media.
In the end, each faction of the Right gets what they are after. To the grifters goes the clicks and the money, to the movement builders goes another cause to glom on to, and to those looking to take violent action, another possible target to aim at.
The case of #dragqueenstoryhour is also instructive, as Proud Boys + far-Right media personel attempt to present themselves as represented by "gay Asian journalists" like Andy Ngo, as the protectors of such groups, or even antifa as "white Identitarians." Don't make us laugh.
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