Demonstrators Rally In Jamaica Plain Against Neo-Nazism After Appearance

Photo: Suzanne Sausville / WBZ NewsRadio

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — After a neo-Nazi group interrupted a drag queen story hour in Boston's Jamaica Plain the week prior, at least a hundred demonstrators flooded in front of the Loring Greenough House on South Street on Saturday to show support for the LGBTQIA+ community.

WBZ's Suzanne Sausville attended the rally, where demonstrators fashioned rainbow flags as they walked across the street to where the story hour took place at the Soldier's Monument. Neighbor Roberta said groups like the Nationalist Social Club have no place in Jamaica Plain.

"This is my community and I hate to see bigots invading it to hurt people," Roberta said.

Drag performer Patty Bourree attended the rally, and spoke to the crowd about his passion, and experience with the neo-Nazi group the previous weekend. Bourree says he has always felt safe living in Boston.

"Working with and learning from the drag performers here, I have found a creative practice that engages and excites me and a community that holds and takes good care of all its members. The idea that drag is perverted or malicious is not threatening to me, because I know the ignorance and the hate that guide that belief have nothing to do with me," Bourree said.

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Some rally attendees chanted "cops and the klan go hand in hand," criticizing the City of Boston's plan to give more authority to police officers in cases of hate speech in city.

WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports.

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