Gun-wielding Antifa thugs face Proud Boys and protesters at Texas drag brunch

A group of masked, gun-toting Antifa protesters emerged at a Texas drag queen brunch to defend those in attendance – after a group of others armed right-wing extremists came to disturb them.

About 20 children and several self-proclaimed teachers attended Sunday’s event in Roanoke, at a trans activist drag brunch at the Anderson Distillery and Grill.

At the event, students sat down for brunch while watching performances by local drag queens in skimpy outfits – and subsequently drew the ire of locals, who disapproved of the procession.

As a result, around 1 p.m., members of several conservative groups who wanted to put an end to the event gathered, many of them armed.

Aware of these efforts, however, the group of masked anti-fascist counter-demonstrators also appeared at the scene, brazenly standing guard outside the venue, holding semi-automatic rifles – creating tension between the two opposing forces.

Eventually, after exchanging verbal barbs and goading each other, the two groups clashed in a frightening encounter that a local journalist caught on video.

The ensuing duel, while heated, kept the shot from becoming physical – but came perilously close to turning into an all-out conflict with likely loss of life due to the sheer volume of people carrying firearms on the premises would be.

Cops said no arrests or police reports were made during the incident – and that they were aware of the planned protests and were stationed in the area as a precaution.

A group of masked Antifa protesters armed with AR-15 rifles emerged at a Texas drag queen brunch to defend those in attendance - after a group of far-right extremists, also armed, arrived to disrupt it

A group of masked Antifa protesters armed with AR-15 rifles emerged at a Texas drag queen brunch to defend those in attendance – after a group of far-right extremists, also armed, arrived to disrupt it

Children and several self-proclaimed teachers were present at Sunday's event in Roanoke, at a

Children and several self-proclaimed teachers were present at Sunday’s event in Roanoke, at a “drag brunch” for trans activists at the Anderson Distillery and Grill

News of the controversial drag brunch had circulated on social media for days ahead of the afternoon event, prompting complaints and calls for protests from several affected locals.

Last week, troubled by the unrest, the distillery owner tried to downplay the subtle nature of the event, saying On social media, it would not contain profanity, sexual content, or eroticism.

“It was never my intention to host an event that would lead to controversy, hatred and division,” Jay Anderson wrote amid the growing discord. “My intention is to welcome people from ALL walks of life to the Anderson Distillery & Grill.”

Anderson’s son Bailey, meanwhile, ran the event – dressed in drag and going by the drag name Trisha Delish.

Anderson’s foreword, combined with his staff’s clear support for such an event, would prove divisive — with dozens of members from groups like Protect Texas Kids and the Proud Boys, most of whom are armed due to Texas’ lax gun laws .

Protect Texas Kids, founded by outspoken anti-trans activist Kelly Neidert, is billed to an organization that, according to its website, works to “protect children from the left’s toxic, indoctrinating agenda.”

At the event, students sat down for brunch while watching performances by local drag queens in skimpy outfits - and subsequently drew the ire of locals, who disapproved of the procession

At the event, students sat down for brunch while watching performances by local drag queens in skimpy outfits – and subsequently drew the ire of locals, who disapproved of the procession

Also in attendance were members of like Texas Family Project, a similar Texas-based organization that, like the other two groups above, regularly expressed anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ sentiment.

Ahead of the event, Neidert called on supporters to protest the brunch and “put some pressure on the restaurant.”

Members of the groups would continue to show up in full force, but were still outnumbered by those attending the brunch, which staff said sold out.

The disparity was exacerbated by the presence of about a dozen Anitfa members, masked and armed with guns, who appeared outside the school and stood guard as if to deter the growing number of conservative protesters who flocked to the scene.

Also present at the protest wars was a masked member of the infamous right-wing Proud Boys who threatened the assembled crowd with a barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat.

The group of masked anti-fascist counter-demonstrators also arrived at the scene and brazenly stood guard outside the venue with semi-automatic rifles - creating tension between the two opposing forces.

The group of masked anti-fascist counter-demonstrators also arrived at the scene and brazenly stood guard outside the venue with semi-automatic rifles – creating tension between the two opposing forces.

Footage taken at the scene showed the armed counter-protesters standing outside the venue. One of them can be seen with a queer Pride flag

Footage taken at the scene showed the armed counter-protesters standing outside the venue. One of them can be seen with a queer Pride flag

Footage taken at the scene showed the armed counter-protesters standing outside the venue. One of them can be seen with a queer Pride flag.

Tensions between the two fundamentally opposed parties would quickly grow — a budding schism noted almost immediately by Texas Observer reporter Steven Monacelli, who was also at the event.

Monacelli, who is also a Rolling Stone journalist, posted a tweet with images of the protest, nothing of the riots. The tweet read, “Anti-trans activists protest drag brunch in Roanoke, Texas but outnumbered supporters of event.”

He continued, “I’ve only been here about five minutes and I’ve seen quite a few heated arguments.”

The images that accompanied Monacelli’s post showed anti-LGBTQ protesters holding signs with messages like “Christ is KING” and “Pull the queens out of town.”

Also visible were signs reading ‘Children cannot consent’ and ‘Stop sexualizing children’ – with a homophobic scrawl: ‘Caution: Monkeypox hotspot approx 50ft away. stay back.’

As tensions continued to mount, video of the clash of protests showed a bearded man claiming another of the Antifa guards spat on him, nearly leading to a fight.

When approached by an interviewer, the man claimed he was spat on by one of the masked guards after calling one of them “F**king pu****s”.

He said, “I’m here to support people who aren’t indoctrinating and nurturing little eight-year-old children.”

As a police officer tried to get the man to walk away from the armed guards, another man wearing an Alex Jones Infowars t-shirt urged the man not to listen to the officer.

Despite the group's presence, cops said no arrests or police reports were made during the incident - and were aware of the planned protests and stationed in the area as a precaution

Despite the group’s presence, cops said no arrests or police reports were made during the incident – and were aware of the planned protests and stationed in the area as a precaution

Another man, meanwhile, expresses his anger that the armed guards have covered their faces with headscarves and sunglasses to suggest they are cowards.

Antifa and Proud Boys members often hide their faces to avoid having their pictures taken and identified by police or netizens, especially in the event of a violent clash.

A group called the Elm Fork John Brown Gun Club (EFJBGC) appeared to acknowledge Antifa members’ presence at the event, and tweeted that they identified the armed, masked protesters as members of their organization.

“The homies who are doing the drag show tomorrow don’t flinch from threats, the show goes on. Stand out and show your support for the community. Bring a friend,” read the post, shared at 12:30 p.m. local time.

EFJBGC claims ‘[promote] and [assist] marginalized communities in organizing community defense against white supremacists [and] Fascism,” it says on its website.

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Emma Colton

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