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Kassandra Boehmer responds to anti-drag protesters on the crosswalk with her 7-year-old son Kaufman.
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How Texas activists turned drag events into fodder for outrage

The Tribune analyzed more than two dozen anti-drag protests. Opponents frequently characterized the drag events as catering to children, even when businesses advertised them as adults-only or provided warnings about the potential for explicit material.

Drag show supporters stand opposite the street corner of anti-drag protesters in Dallas on Jan. 14, 2023.

From protest to policy

Daphne Rio, host of BuZz n' BabeZz drag brunch, collects tips at the end of Saturday’s show on Jan. 14, 2023.

Growing outrage

Kelly Neidert of Protest Texas Kids stands among groups protesting a Transgender Storytime in Denton, TX on November 19, 2022.

Extremists converge

Police officers, some in riot gear, guard a group of men, who police say are among 31 arrested for conspiracy to riot, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on June 11, 2022. The men, found in the rear of a U Haul van in the vicinity of a Pride event, are affiliated with the Patriot Front group.
Daphne joins drag show supporters in makeup and robes outside BuzzBrews on Jan. 14, 2023.

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