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Drag show in San Antonio among several canceled nationally due to ongoing threats

SAN ANTONIO – An evening of leisure at an area venue on San Antonio’s West Side was canceled Saturday for security causes, among several drag reveals nationwide threatened by so-called anti-LGBTQ+ extremists this week.

Armed protesters disrupted a library studying in California, and self-described members of the Proud Boys compelled a show cancellation in Ohio.

The development follows current dialog about kids being allowed at drag reveals.

In June, Texas Republican State Rep. Bryan Slaton introduced that he deliberate to introduce laws that might ban minors from attending drag reveals in the state.

Since then, there have been protests at drag reveals which can be marketed for “all ages.”

“It’s unfortunate that we see it happening here in San Antonio as well,” mentioned Robert Salcido Jr., govt director of Pride Center San Antonio.

The Starlighter venue on the West Side had a drag show deliberate this weekend however had to cancel it after threats surfaced.

Drag queen Brian Hernandez works with the efficiency group House of Eternas and was supposed to carry out on the Starlighter occasion.

In a press release Monday, Hernandez defined they acquired threats after a current efficiency the place the group was elevating money for a neighborhood toy drive.

They determined to cancel the next drag show for his or her security.

“We can’t turn a blind eye on issues like this only to wait until the last minute when one of our family is hurt or shot dead. We feel violated, we don’t feel safe, and we demand something be done about this,” Hernandez said.

It’s a development Salcido is seeing.

“These threats are out there, and we can’t say, ‘Oh, it’s only folks talking. There’s not going to be any action.’ We saw what happened at Club Q. We’ve seen what’s happened at drag shows across the U.S. — armed militias who are, you know, intimidating folks,” Salcido mentioned.

The development has Salcido working intently with legislation enforcement.

“I met with the FBI last week, and I’ve been in contact with our LGBTQ plus liaison at SAPD, just really making sure that we are being proactive and not reactive in these situations,” Salcido mentioned.

He mentioned it’s a blurred line between retaining the neighborhood secure and standing up to hate.

“We’ve really got to think about who is attending these shows. Is the threat credible? Where do you draw that line? And there’s no easy answer for that,” Salcido mentioned.

Salcido hopes the general public will educate themselves on what drag reveals truly are earlier than spewing hate.

“It is the art of impersonation. It’s the art of entertainment. It’s fun. Nothing that they’re doing at a drag show is harming the folks that intend to protest, or kids, or families,” Salcido mentioned.

With the neighborhood’s assist, Salcido feels assured selecting power over concern.

“The fact remains is that we are all human, and we should all coexist with one another and learn to love and learn to respect one another,” he mentioned.

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