‘There is just a lot of anxiety in the community’: Bay Area drag queens become targets for right-wing agitators – San Francisco Chronicle
Per Sia was on edge. She had read to children more times than she could count as part of Drag Queen Story Hours throughout the Bay Area. When the program started in 2015, she was its first reader, one of the founding queens. She calls it “one my favorite things to do in the whole world.”
But last Tuesday, as she got ready for a reading in Oakland, she couldn’t shake a deep anxiety. Just days before, five men thought to belong to the far-right Proud Boys group had stormed a storytelling event in San Lorenzo, shouting down the reader, calling her a pedophile.