A man who had been standing with extremists protesting a drag show in San Antonio and had walked into the street to angrily confront LGBTQ supporters on the other side of the street, left, picks up his shirt and begins to retreat as armed LGBTQ supporters, circled on the right, move to stand between him and other LGBTQ supporters. (Screen cap from video posted on Twitter by Texas Public Radio reporter Joey Palacios) Rightwing activists, allegedly joined by members of the gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans, turned out Tuesday night, Dec.
14, in San Antonio to protest outside the Aztec Theater as a Christmas-themed drag show was happening inside the theater. Most of those protesting the show were said to be members of the This Is Texas Freedom Force, a group described as an “extremist militia group” by the FBI, LGBTQ Nation said. San Antonio Report noted, ‘Other conservative groups, including the San Antonio Family Association and the Log Cabin Republicans of San Antonio, rallied their supporters to attend the protest.” Texas Public Radio reporter Joey Palacios live-tweeted the protest, noting that “Demonstrators supporting and opposing” the show had begun arriving at about 6:30 p.m.
And, he pointed, “Both sides are armed.” The San Antonio Report said “a handful of armed people dressed all in black with their faces mostly covered [and] rainbow scarves tied to their tactical gear” were standing with the LGBTQ supporters.
Most of them declined to speak to reporters, but one did confirm that there were members of the John Brown Gun Club attending.