Fresno Drag Festival Appearance Part of Proud Boys New National Strategy
It wasn’t happenstance that the Proud Boys protested a drag festival at a Fresno church on Saturday.
VICE News reported Wednesday that the far-right, neo-fascist, all-male organization has shifted its street focus to anti-LGBTQ activities.
“Since June, the biggest focus for the Proud Boys this year has been anti-LGBTQ activism, a hard pivot from its actions in the first half of the year,” reports VICE News. “Proud Boys in at least 11 different states showed up to venues such as libraries and restaurants to intimidate drag shows, especially events touted as ‘family-friendly’ such as drag brunches or the popular reading series ‘Drag Queen Story Hour.’ ”
VICE News reporter Tess Owen notes that “Proud Boys continued to target pro-LGBTQ events even after a 22-year-old gunman stormed a drag queen’s birthday party at a gay club in Colorado Springs and opened fire last month, leaving five dead and dozens injured.”
Happening now: 16 Proud Boys & about 16 others holding signs about “groomers” are outside a venue in Sanford, NC that is hosting a drag brunch pic.twitter.com/QRb5on2gvN
— Jordan Green is on Mastodon (@jordangreennc) October 30, 2022
Proud Boys Loud and Confrontational in Fresno
According to The Fresno Bee, the event Saturday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2101 N. Fruit Ave., went off as planned.
“While the confrontation was at times loud and boisterous, police on hand to monitor the situation said it did not devolve into physical altercations,” reported The Bee’s Tim Sheehan.
City councilmember-elect Annalisa Perea reportedly relayed her concerns to Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama about possible threats to the LGBTQ community ahead of the event.
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Proud Boys Leader Faces Sedition Charge in Capitol Attack
Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and four other far-right extremists are scheduled to stand trial this month for their participation in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack. Tarrio and the others face seditious conspiracy and other serious charges.
Read more about the Proud Boys and their frequent appearances at protests highlighting abortion, vaccinations, and race issues at this VICE News link.