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Counter-protesters form a barricade outside of a transgender storytelling event as Sara Gonzales of Defend our Kids Texas chants “there are only two genders,” in Denton, on Nov. 19. 2022.

Texas drag shows become a right-wing target amid rising extremism

LGBTQ Texans say lawmakers and right-wing figures are misrepresenting what happens at all-ages performances to propagate hate and violence against queer people.

Brigette Bandit at a local literacy event in Austin, Texas on November 13, 2022.
Books at a local literacy event in Austin, Texas on November 13, 2022.
Brigette Bandit reads to children during a local literacy event in Austin, Texas on November 13, 2022.

From Shakespeare to modern expression

Counter-protesters form a barricade outside of a transgender storytelling event in Denton, TX on November 19, 2022. A wall of people holding LGBTQ flags kept protestors against the event at a distance as the books were read to kids and adults indoors.

A litany of threats and protests

People listen as the book “Neither” is read aloud during a Transgender Storytime in Denton Nov. 19, 2022.
Protestors of a Transgender Storytime pray across the street in Denton, TX on November 19, 2022.

Texas lawmakers reviving push to target LGBTQ people

“At least I was living honestly”

Noodles, right, co-hosts the Divacakes Drag Brunch in Austin, Texas on November 26, 2022.
The Divacakes Drag Brunch in Austin, Texas on November 26, 2022.

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