Neo-Nazis hurl insults at kids leaving Drag Queen Story Hour
White supremacist group leader Chris Hood has been accused of disturbing the peace. (Credit: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
The leader of a neo-Nazi group has been arrested alongside two others after storming a Drag Queen Story Hour, calling gay people “paedophiles”.
The Story Hour event took place at Loring Greenough House in Massachusetts on Saturday, July 23. About 20 men from the National Socialist Club (NSC-131) showed up to the event wearing black face coverings bearing the number 131 and holding a banner that read: “Pedo scum off our streets.”
The Anti-Defamation League has identified NSC-131 as a white supremacist group with an “underground network of white men who are prepared to fight their perceived enemies through localized direct action” and the group “engages in schemes to troll or harass those who oppose it”.
True to the group’s ethos, protesters hurled anti-LGBTQ+ slurs at children leaving the building and counter-protesters who came to show their support, amid a heavy police presence, according to WGBH.
Richie Cadet, who was present at the event, described the scene to LGBTQNation: “It turned out that they were calling people from the LGBTQ community pedophiles.” Cadet added: “They certainly said certain words that should never be said about anyone.”
A fight soon broke out between alleged NSC-131 founder Chris Hood and counter-protester Seth Rosenau according to LGBTQ+ Nation . Another counter-protester was arrested for vandalizing a car.
Police broke up the fight and both men were arrested for disturbing the peace. Hood was charged with public fighting on Monday July 25 and is expected to go to trial in September, but charges against Rosenau and the other counter-protester were dropped.
The Loring Greenough House condemned Hood and his group for their “malicious” actions and criticized their anti-LGBTQ+ stance.
“Unfortunately, a group of masked neo-Nazis gathered right outside our fence to chant malicious and homophobic rhetoric,” they added, “The demonstration of a Drag Queen Story Hour event was a tool to attract attention. attention.All concern for the welfare of the children was absent.
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu also chimed in, saying in a statement that Boston had been the target of anti-LGBTQ+ protests, and that the city would not be bullied by fascists and would stand against those who do not support LGBTQ+ protests. equality for all.
“It’s no coincidence that these loose groups from outside our city continue to target Boston as we show how representative leadership, empowered communities and bold policies can have an immediate impact.”
“We are ready and will not be intimidated in our work to make Boston a city for everyone. We remain ready for the citywide deployment of additional public safety resources with a zero-tolerance approach to any group seeking to intimidate or harass our city residents.
Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden denounced the “presence of white supremacists” in a statement and said “the presence of white supremacists reading a Jamaica Plain book today, such as their march to downtown Boston earlier this month, is both a disgrace and a warning.”
“Society everywhere is being targeted by these groups, and society everywhere must reject them,” Hayden concluded.
LGBTQ+ reading events have been divisive in recent months as others continue to be targeted by hate groups such as NSC-131.
This week, Monday July 25, a right-wing mob harassed drag queen Aida H Dee with ‘paedophile’ chants at a children’s event in the UK.
The derision for these events continues to grow as queer people continue to fight for inclusivity and diversity.
Authorities are also making strides to protect LGBTQ+ people, as Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins announced she was launching a new hotline people can call to report white supremacist activity, according to The Independent.
She said: “I will be announcing a dedicated number for the community to call in the coming weeks. We must expose these cowards.