South London community faces vicious far-right attack on Drag Queen Story Hour

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Fascists attacked a Drag Queen Story Hour event in Honor Oak, South London. The far-right protesters damaged property and injured counter-protesters and a reporter on Saturday 24 June. This is just the latest attack on drag events.
Counter-protestors from the local community faced off with the bigots. Reports suggested far-right Turning Point UK was present, as well as individuals linked to defunct Neo-Nazi groups like Combat 18. A local church was also attacked, while police reportedly allowed space for the violence to continue.

Far-right assault

Drag Queen Story Hour is a popular educational event featured with the likes of the NHS and Greenpeace. Organisers say:

Drag Queen Story Hour UK wants to show the world that being different is not a bad thing, and by providing imaginative role models for children to look up to, we can change the world book by book!

Needless to say, this is an affront to knuckleheaded fascist and far-right orthodoxies. Trans Safety Network reported on the kind of people who protest against these events:

The protests against Drag Queen Story Hour at Honor Oak Pub have been primarily led by Turning Point UK. Turning Point UK are the UK branch of far right organisation Turning Point USA. Turning Point UK’s previous claims to fame include speakers at their conference openly defending Hitler. The group has links to the Conservative Party, whose MPs have praised its work.

Openly fascist

And that’s not all. The event also pulled in former members of some of the most violent Neo-Nazi groups of the 80s and 90s:

Also present were those with previous involvement in neo-Nazi organisations. For example, Lance Wright was present, who was previously a member of the groups Blood & Honour and Combat 18.

Meanwhile, the counter-protesters were largely local people who didn’t want boot-boys and thugs wrecking their local area. Trans Safety Network reported:

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The counter-protesters, on the other hand, were led by members of the local community. A group called South East London Love has formed in reaction to the far right’s presence, in order to protect and care for the local queer community.

Injuries and damage

The far-right attacked the counter-protestors who tried to stop them getting to the event. Amid violence and threats one counter-protestor, Ada Cable, was reportedly beaten:

One anti-drag protester repeatedly punched trans counter-protester Ada Cable in the face, leading to the injuries seen in our Twitter thread. Ada backed away and received first aid from another counter-protester. Ada was visibly injured to her head, which was bleeding, and also appeared to have a broken nose.

Initially only one police officer was on the scene. When other cops arrived they arrested a counter-protestor and then, according to reports, struck the already injured Ada Cable while she gave first aid to someone else:

I was still crouched on the floor, but one of them punched me in the face. I can tell the difference between a shove and a punch.

Brighton anti-fascists

Brighton anti-fascists were in attendance at the counter-protest. They tweeted a thread on the confrontation which made some important points:

Firstly, that this is the latest in a series of attacks on these events:

The group also stated that there has been a change in tactics. The far-right seems to have drafted in old school fascist thugs to provide muscle.

The group also warned that these kinds of fascists are likely to become more common, if left unchallenged:

Ultimately, the counter-protestors served their community at great personal risk by facing down a far-right assault. LGBTQ+ people have always been a favourite target of the right, and community organisation is vital to keep them at bay in these febrile times.

Featured image via Wikimedia Commons/Brainy J, cropped to 1910 x 1000, licenced under CC BY 2.0.

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    1. Paedophiles are pretending these events were not thought up by paedophiles. All I know after reading this article is that those protesting these events hate paedophiles, whether they are far right or not, I only have the word of someone who supports paedophiles.
      People have compared these to pantomime dames, Stanly Baxter, Danny La Rue and Dame Edna Everage (who was cancelled from a festival he started up with Peter Cook for questioning Trans ideology), except that they all kept their women’s clothes on.
      From the pictures and footage I have seen of “drag story time”, they seem to consists of men prancing around in frilly knickers doing erotic dances in front of children. Imagine if a women from a local lap dancing club did that? The left would be up in arms!
      As for the claim that Locals defended it, Actually they came from Brighton, the people protesting the event may well have been from South London. People have a right to defend their communities from predatory paedophiles.

      1. What has someone put in your tea, Mr Freeman? Clearly, you’re not perceiving reality like it actually is, but as a tiny but vocal group of far-right bigots claim it must be against all the evidence. I suggest you attend a DGSH and see for yourself; maybe you could attend a pantomime this Christmas and hold up a placard stating that “Men in frilly knickers are dangerous to children” whilst all around you, kids are just having a great time.

        There’s not even a single molecule of evidence that drag queens are any more likely to assault children than anyone else. The evidence, long established, is that such assaults take place mainly within families or other closed groups such as the Catholic church, and are perpetrated by cisgender men. Who wear traditionally masculine clothing (apart from those priests, of course…).

        If you have good-quality, independent evidence to the contrary other than ranting, present it.

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