Less than a month after the founder of Gays Against Groomers, Jamiee Michell, appeared on Tucker Carlson’s program to an estimated 3.2 million nightly viewers, a group of anti-drag queen protesters entered the office of gay New York City Council member Erik Bottcher Monday about 3 p.m., according to the New York Police Department Deputy Commissioner’s press office. “Once inside, the individuals wrote graffiti on the walls of an office within the building,” the NYPD told The Advocate. “Two female individuals, without permission to do so, entered the residence and were placed under arrest.” The two were charged with criminal trespassing.
Two hours later, people saying they were with the group Gays Against Groomers surrounded Bottcher’s Chelsea apartment building, the council member said.
Bottcher told The Advocate Monday night that the vandalism at his office and the situation with the protesters storming his building stemmed from a drag queen story hour at a local library over the weekend.“I attended a drag queen story hour in Chelsea and saw the protest activity outside with signs with vile, hateful anti-LGBTQ language.
It got a lot of attention because people were really shocked to see this in Chelsea of all places. I made a statement where I called them the faces of hate, and apparently they didn’t like that.