UPDATE: A woman outside of the Jackson Heights Library Drag Queen Story Hour in Queens, New York was assaulted during the protest outside the library.
A Drag Story Hour promoted by New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez turned violent on Thursday when Antifa protestors showed up to "protect" the drag event, and at least one person was arrested and led away by the NYPD.
Protestors showed up at the library to speak out against the event, and were met with counter-protestors who support drag queens reading to children at libraries. The NYPD formed a line between the two set of protestors. NJEG Media was on the scene to document the event.
"These kids are being groomed! How can you support something so sick and evil?" one person in opposition to the event can be heard saying.
Another video shows the conflict between protestors, with drums and noise makers audible in the background. Individuals can be seen arguing and shoving one another.
Another video shows police trying their best to keep the protestors separated. Some pro-drag protestors could be heard chanting "eat your God", while parents fly American flags.
The Drag Story Hour, as it's now known after the organization dropped the "Queen" to make their LGBTQIA+ event for kids more inclusive, was promoted by the Queens Public Library. The intended audience for the event is simply listed as "kids."
"Let's have some joyful fun! Join Queens Public Library for a Drag Story Hour (DSH), featuring an amazing drag artist reading picture books, singing songs, and leading children in a craft activity. This delightful program is a celebration of gender diversity, offering kids unabashedly queer role models and the confidence to express themselves however they feel comfortable," the library shared on its site.
Drag Story Hour programming is funded by NYC Council Member Shekar Krishnan, who represents Jackson Heights, Queens.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared a flyer on Instagram on Tuesday, calling on fellow comrades to "protect" a drag queen event for children in Queens. "Defend Drag Story Hour in NYC! Help protect queer spaces and expression under threat from the far right," it read.
The event post calls on attendees to wear regular clothing and a mask, as well as "rainbow swag, non-amplified noisemakers, musical instruments, joy, and love."
"A group of violent loud bigots, who have repeatedly harassed and invaded these events in the city is openly planning to disrupt the next Drag Story Hour, on Thursday, December 29 at Jackson Heights Library in Queens," the post calling for protestors continues.
"Queer community members and allies will be there to show the fascists they are not welcome, but that kids and drag queens are. Let's show NYC's unwavering support for Drag Queen Story Hour and for queer and trans people, and make a safe, encouraging, and joyful welcome for kids and their grownups as they enter the library."
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
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