Drag storyelling in Wadsworth, Ohio, devolves into extremist fight

Xavier Roger


Dozens of people demonstrate at the "Rock-n-Roll Humanist Drag Queen Story Hour" on Saturday at Wadsworth Memorial Park.

Amid the national showdown over drag performances and transgender rights, a storytelling event in a city park in northern Ohio became the latest flashpoint, fueled by demonstrators who waved swastika flags and shouted “Seig heil” before a melee that led to two arrests. 

Hundreds of protesters, including armed white supremacists, members of several extremist groups and LGBTQ-community supporters descended on Wadsworth, Ohio, a small town outside Akron, for a drag queen storytelling show that had been moved from a private venue. 

White supremacist protestors shouted “Heil Hitler” and made Nazi salutes outside the event while pro-LGBTQ counter-protesters chanted, confronted the far-right agitators and wielded rainbow-colored parasols as a sort of shield for attendees.


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