GLAAD responds to the arrests of 31 people in CDA on Saturday

GLAAD responds to arrest of 31 people in CDA
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NEW YORK, NY. — GLAAD, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization in the world, released a statement responding to the arrest of 31 members of a white nationalist group in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis released the following statement on her Twitter page:

“Lawmakers and Governors like DeSantis and Abbott, along with their co-conspirators at Fox News, better pause today and recognize that their anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and the nearly 250 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced this year are responsible for this dangerous climate. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and social media platforms must also take responsibility and urgently stop fueling the hate and misinformation that inspire white supremacist groups like the Patriot Front. This group was stopped this weekend in Idaho before violence occurred thanks to the critical work of local authorities, but we might not be so lucky the next time one of the growing number of groups like this plan to swarm a LGBTQ location. Today as we mark the sixth remembrance of the 49 beautiful and innocent lives lost at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, we have to stop the shameful anti-LGBTQ laws, misinformation, and rhetoric that make America unsafe for LGBTQ and other marginalized communities. Corporations, media, politicians, have to act now, not send thoughts and prayers in the future.”

On Saturday, 31 people affiliated with the group “Patriot Front” were arrested and charged with conspiracy to riot, a misdemeanor charge in the state of Idaho. Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said they were alerted by a citizen who “saw something” and reported it. Members arrested were from 11 states: Texas, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Illinois, Arkansas, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon and Virginia. 

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