Nazi salutes, pepper spray and pistols: Ohio drag event devolves into an extremist melee

March 15, 2023

Dozens of people demonstrate at the "Rock-n-Roll Humanist Drag Queen Story Hour" on Saturday at Wadsworth Memorial Park. They start with unfounded or unproven allegations that drag shows "groom" children for sex abuse, and have led to escalating violence and clashes in communities nationwide. Special report: How the battle over all-ages drag shows is tearing at AmericaA drag event divides cityThe plans for an event billed as "Rock-n-Roll Humanist Drag Queen Story Hour" had roiled the small town even before Saturday's clash. "Grooming" has become a common refrain for opponents of all-age drag shows who, with no evidence, accuse the events of being smokescreens to protect child abuse. White supremacists and white nationalist groups have descended on and disrupted Drag Queen Story Hour events from Boston to California.