SAN LORENZO, Calif. – The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office says members of the ‘Proud Boys’ group shut down a Drag Queen event over the weekend at the San Lorenzo library:
ACSO: On Saturday, June 11, 2022, about 1:30 pm, Deputies responded to the San Lorenzo Library for a report of a disturbance.
When deputies arrived they learned a LGBTQ community member was hosting a reading event at the library called, “Drag Queen Story Hour”. Present at the event were children, parents and other community members.
A group of 5 men entered the library and disrupted the reading event. The men were described as members of the Proud Boys organization, known to be a right wing hate group with anti-LGBTQ affiliations.
The men began to shout homophobic and transphobic slurs at the event organizer. The men were described as extremely aggressive with a threatening violent demeanor causing people to fear for their safety.
On June 11th, a group of 5 proud boys stormed a Library in San Lorenzo where Panda Dulce held an event for the kids called “Drag Queen Story Hour.”
While the incident is now being investigated as a hate crime, I have more details that may shock you about those men. pic.twitter.com/FyDTLOcGoX
— The Free Press Project (@FreePressProj) June 13, 2022
Deputies responded to the scene and were able to de-escalate the situation.
An active hate crime investigation is underway as is an investigation into the annoying and harassing of children.
ACSO will dedicate all resources to ensure the safety of members of our LGBTQ community. We will make sure any future events at the library are safe against hate speech and threats of violence. As we celebrate Pride Month, we will be swift in our response to any incidents where there are threats to harm members of this community.