Students at South Dakota State University, who are part of the school’s Gender and Sexualities Alliance, received a bomb threat after hosting a drag show that Libs of TikTok posted a false video about online.On November 25, SDSU’s Gender and Sexualities Alliance was contacted by the University Police Department to notify them that somebody sent a threatening email promising retaliation following its November 16 drag show to a local news affiliate, The Daily Beast reports.
The university reportedly posted a bulletin on its website that read, “an explosive device or devices were placed on the campus of South Dakota State University.”Despite not explicitly naming the GSA in the bulletin, four group members claim their faculty advisors were notified of a threat against them.Members of the GSA are critical of the university for not publicly acknowledging the threats against the group, citing that it took two weeks for the campus police to notify the affected LGBTQ+ students of the incident.“I didn’t find out from UPD,” student Lindsay Tul told The Daily Beast. “I found out from the Discord that we have for our board members.
I was freaking out because I didn’t know how serious it was and if we were in danger. I was afraid for my friends and if something was going to happen to them.”The GSA advertised the November 16 family-friendly drag show on the school’s website and drew immense criticism, similar to other drag-related events across the country.Conservatives and far-right provocateurs have spent months demonizing drag queens with the false smear that these artists are sexualizing children and grooming kids for sexual abuse.One right-wing media outlet, The Federalist, dedicated a lengthy online article to the event,.