Mike DeWine after he tweeted on Monday about an annual Holocaust commemoration while remaining silent on the Nazi extremist group that protested a drag charity brunch in Columbus on Saturday.The annual Drag Brunch, sponsored by Land-Grant Brewing Company, was raising money for Kaleidoscope Youth Center (KYC), an organization that supports LGBTQ+ youth in Ohio.
About halfway through the event, a group of masked protesters clad in black and red disrupted the brunch as they waved a flag bearing a swastika and chanted racial epithets, homophobic and transphobic slurs.Videos of the protest went viral on social media, raking in thousands of likes, comments and shares.
The clips show a dozen or so protesters, apparently called Blood Tribe, exhibiting Nazi symbols and gestures. The group left without incident after roughly 30 minutes, according to social media posts.A post shared by instagram"The hatred and bigotry that showed up on Saturday is but a microcosmic example of the hatred, bigotry faced by LGBTQ+ young people every day," KYC said in a statement, which also criticized DeWine and the Ohio legislature.KYC says state lawmakers are circulating "harmful and blatantly discriminatory legislation," which, the youth advocacy group says, "has the intent to ultimately eradicate our community, with a particularly cruel fixation on transgender and non-binary identities."Ohio is one of nearly two dozen GOP-led states pushing legislation targeting gender-affirming care and other rights of the transgender community.