A Drag Queen Story Hour hosted by New York Attorney General Letitia James drew about 40 protesters including Proud Boys and as well as over 100 supporters of the event.
The event was held at The Center, an LGBTQ community facility on West 13th Street in Greenwich Village.
One individual, wearing an anonymous mask, confronted protesters and press, knocking things out of their hands. They were later arrested.
As the event went on, a member of the Proud Boys reportedly got into a skirmish with defenders.
That individual was seen leaving the area with blood on his face whining, “I came here to help, not get the shit beat out of me” as protesters chanted “Go back to Long Island” and “Fuck the Proud Boys.”
New York City council member Erik Bottcher shared a clip of the mean-spirited protests outside of the drag reading event, contrasted with what was actually happening inside – a drag queen peacefully reading a passage from a book that said, “You can always find something to love about yourself and the world.”
Observe the contrast between the vicious hate outside today’s Drag Story Hour, and the love and positivity inside. Awful that the families were exposed to it on their way in. Thank you @NewYorkStateAG for hosting this reading event at @LGBTCenterNYC today! pic.twitter.com/uy22dmw5L0
— Erik Bottcher (@ebottcher) March 20, 2023
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Watch footage from the protest below.