A drag show held for children in Denver on Sunday reportedly attracted dozens of participants despite opposition from “Colorado Proud Boys” members and other protesters.
According to The Denver Post, more 100 people attended the “Drag For All Ages” show at the Mile High Comics store as roughly 60 protesters from different groups gathered outside.
Some unidentified protesters who said they were aligned with “Antifa” told the newspaper that they decided to demonstrate “because the Proud Boys and Nazis are here.”
Others, including an unidentified protester identifying as a Catholic who demonstrated next to a group of Colorado Proud Boys members, told the paper that he was protesting because the event “isn’t good for children.”
“I am sort of on this side, but am definitely not a fascist,” the man said.
“There are men. There are women. To encourage children to dress and pretend to be something they are not doesn’t help children become more fully human,” he added.
Unidentified protesters who said they were members of the Colorado Proud Boys told the paper that while the group is not anti-LGBTQ, they were demonstrating against the drag show because “children do not need to be sexualized.”
However, Chuck Rozanski, who owns Mile High Comics, told the paper that “before they judge, maybe they should see a show.”
“How can you scream against something, and declare it immoral, if you never even saw a show?” Rozanski, also known as “Bettie Pages,” continued.
“I’m a big believer in free speech. This is America and that’s what makes America great — as long as you are not advocating harm against another,” he also said, while adding that his goal is “to put on a show for kids in a safe space.”
“The trans and gender-questioning kids are the most bullied kids in any school,” he said.