SAN LORENZO, Calif. — Authorities were investigating a possible hate crime after a group of men allegedly shouted homophobic and anti-LGBTQ slurs during a Drag Queen Story Hour at a San Francisco Bay Area library, a sheriff’s official said. .
Deputies responded to the San Lorenzo Library on Saturday afternoon following reports of a disruption during reading for preschoolers to mark Pride Month, the Lt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.
The children’s stories program host, Bay Area drag queen Panda Dulce, said on Instagram that the group disrupted the event by shouting “tranny” and “pedophile.” The disturbance “totally panicked all the children” and the group “attempted to escalate into violence,” he wrote.
No arrests were made, no one was physically injured, and sheriff officials are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime and child harassment, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
“It appears the group of men may be affiliated with the Proud Boys organization,” Kelly said, adding that the five men involved wore the black and yellow colors associated with the far-right group.
Kelly said the sheriff’s office plans to post deputies at future storytime events at the library “to deal with any disruptors.”
The incident was first reported by KQED.
In Idaho, more than two dozen members of a white supremacist group were arrested near a Pride event. Police said the 31 Patriot Front members had riot gear and were seen loading people into a U-Haul in a hotel parking lot in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Among those arrested was Thomas Rousseau of Grapevine, Texas, who was identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the 23-year-old who founded the group.