Far-right groups are taking their anti-LGBTQ agenda to lockdown protests

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04/30/2020

A slew of far-right groups who have openly embraced anti-LGBTQ messages are taking part in so-called “lockdown protests” across the country — further endangering the lives of LGBTQ people who are already vulnerable to the coronavirus. Groups like the Proud Boys and right-wing militia groups are among those protesting the many statewide stay-at-home orders. The Michigan chapter of the Proud Boys — a so-called “western chauvinists” group that has pushed transphobic, racist, and sexist rhetoric, and encourages members to commit acts of violence — recently attended a lockdown protest in Lansing, Michigan, along with the Michigan Liberty Militia, which has frequently pushed views of white nationalist groups like Patriot Front, according to the Guardian. In December last year, Michigan Liberty Militia’s Facebook page posted a “heterosexual pride month” meme that depicted a family holding an umbrella over their heads to prevent LGBTQ pride colors from touching them. Journalists and antifascist activists have also spotted other right-wing groups at these protests, including organizers of last year’s Boston Straight Pride parade and a member of the National Socialist Movement in Ohio.

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