In Possible Hate Crime, Men Storm Drag Queen Story Hour

No arrests have yet been made
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 14, 2022 2:30 AM CDT
Men Storm Drag Queen Story Hour in California
A child looks in the mirror after getting makeup applied by Bay Area drag queen Panda Dulce, right, during an event called "We Are All Queens," in San Francisco, on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.   (Gabrielle Lurie/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

Authorities were investigating a possible hate crime after a group of men allegedly shouted homophobic and anti-LGBTQ slurs during a Drag Queen Story Hour at a San Francisco Bay Area library, a sheriff's official said. Deputies responded to the San Lorenzo Library on Saturday afternoon following reports of a disturbance during the reading for preschool-aged children in celebration of Pride Month, said Lt. Ray Kelly with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. The host of the children’s story program, Bay Area drag queen Panda Dulce, said on Instagram that the group disrupted the event, shouting “tranny” and “pedophile." The disruption “totally freaked out all of the kids” and the group “attempted to escalate to violence," he wrote, per the AP.

No arrests have been made, no one was physically harmed, and sheriff's officials are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime and harassment of children, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. “It appears the group of men may be affiliated with the Proud Boys organization,” said Kelly, adding that the five men involved were wearing the black and yellow colors associated with the far-right group. Kelly said the sheriff’s office plans to post deputies at future story-hour events at the library “to deal with any disruptors." (Also Saturday, 31 members of a white supremacist group were arrested near a Pride event.)

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