At least 141 protests and threats against drag events across 47 states have happened in the U.S. this year, according to updated research by GLAAD and Equality Texas.These include incidents during Pride celebrations “and false rhetoric against performers deployed in campaign ads for the midterm elections,” the research report says. “The analysis shows increasingly violent rhetoric and incidents as the year progressed, including armed white supremacists demonstrating in Texas and the firebombing of a Tulsa donut shop that had hosted a drag event in October.
Equality Texas documented additional targeted events throughout the year, including an armed demonstration and confrontation in San Antonio.”Texas has the dubious distinction of leading all states with 20 documented incidents.
North Carolina was next with 10, followed by Illinois with eight, Tennessee and California with six each, and Georgia with five.
There were no incidents reported in three states — South Dakota, Rhode Island, and West Virginia — and the District of Columbia.