Hours after the Club Q was shot, a right wing account attacks the Colorado Drag Group

In the stunned aftermath of Saturday’s shooting at an LGBTQ club in Colorado, a right-wing influencer attacked a Denver drag group.

The popular Twitter account Libs of TikTok targeted Dragutante, a non-profit organization that supports young people interested in drag. The post came just hours after a gunman killed five and injured dozens at Club Q, a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs.

The Club Q shooting comes amid a series of protests, threats and violent attacks on companies that have been hosting drag events this year.

Last month, a donut shop in Tulsa, Oklahoma was attacked twice — once with a Molotov cocktail — after hosting a drag queen-led art exhibit. Over the summer, protesters surrounded a gay bar that was holding a drag event in Dallas, Texas over the summer, accusing members of the LGBTQ community of “grooming” children. Mayor Jacques Gilbert has canceled a drag queen story hour after severe threats. Meanwhile, suspected members of the Proud Boys have attempted to storm restaurants hosting drag shows in Arlington, Texas, and Woodland, California.

About Dragutante, Libs of TikTok tweeted, “This Colorado organization teaches kids how to be drag queens and helps kids safely experience the art of drag on stage. Organization and performance.”

Libs of TikTok, a right-wing Twitter account owned by Chaya Raichik, has gained widespread influence in conservative circles. Raichik posts content created by liberals and LGBTQ people on social media, often with derisive or derogatory comments. Many of their posts include videos or images of LGBTQ people in education, alongside comments accusing them of “nurturing” or “indoctrinating” children.

The account boasts 1.5 million followers and praise from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has said it produces “journalism” that is more trustworthy than The New York Times or The Washington Post.

Vigil after the Club Q shooting
Here, people hold a vigil at a makeshift memorial near Club Q nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on November 20, 2022. In the stunned aftermath of Saturday’s shooting, a right-wing influencer attacked a Denver drag organization.
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Outrage has erupted against Raichik’s post, following a string of similar attacks on drag and LGBTQ groups by her and other right-wing figures, including GOP politicians. Shortly before the Saturday night Club Q shooting, the nightclub had advertised a Sunday “drag brunch” on its Facebook page.

Erin Reed, a transgender activist and law researcher, slammed Raichik in a tweet on Sunday.

“Stochastic terror becomes real terror,” she said wrote. “The dead at LGBTQ+ bar Club Q only died hours ago. They should have a drag brunch today. Libs of TikTok attack another Colorado drag brunch and trans legislator just hours later.”

Colorado Twitter user @millipeeeed also jumped in to defend Dragutante, calling it a “gem” whose organizers are “saints.”

“Seeing these kids light up in drag makes my heart sing,” they tweeted.

news week has reached out to Libs of TikTok for comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/hours-after-club-q-shooting-right-wing-account-attacks-colorado-drag-group-1761169 Hours after the Club Q was shot, a right wing account attacks the Colorado Drag Group

Rick Schindler

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