Bakery vandalized with hate speech in response to upcoming drag show

Corinna Sac, the owner of UpRising Bakery and Café in Lake in the Hills, a village northwest of Chicago, announced on Facebook the sold-out Saturday “night brunch” event, which was to feature performances by three local transvestites queens and a raffle, alongside the cafe’s standard brunch offerings.

Drag brunch events typically feature drag queens singing, lip-syncing and dancing – as live entertainment during brunch.

Shortly after midnight Saturday, Lake in the Hills Police Department officers were notified of “ongoing criminal property damage,” the department said in a news release. Upon arrival, police arrested a suspect, who was charged with a hate crime and criminal damage to property. Both charges are Class 4 felonies, according to the police news release.

Sac said she ran to the cafe and three windows and a door were smashed, and “there was graffiti on the side of our building on the brick walls”, which included hate speech.

“When I first saw it, I just started crying. That was my reaction. I just started crying. I was scared, I was hurt, I was angry, I was disgusted and a little worried that my employees might have been here or seen too, so I contacted them, and luckily they had already gone home.”

The police department said the cafe owner had previously reported in-person and online threats to the business and the department had been notified of protests and counter-protests in response to the brunch.

“The Police Department is discouraged that this happened in our village, stay true to our commitment to public safety and have zero tolerance for crimes against all members (of) our community,” police said in the statement. communicated.

The incident comes just weeks after the Proud Boys held a Drag Queen Story Hour at a California library. Drag performances have come under attack from conservative politicians and activists in recent months. Family events, like Drag Queen Story Hour, in which drag queens read to children in public libraries in an effort to promote literacy and compassion, or the family brunch that UpRising had planned, received particular attention.

In June, Republican Florida State Representative Anthony Sabatini proposed legislation to completely prevent children from attending drag shows.

Sac praised the police response to the incident and the controversy around the event. “They’ve been so amazing working with us, working with the community, working with protesters and counter-protesters,” Sac said. “I can’t give the police department more credit.”

And while the Saturday show has been postponed, Sac plans to hold another event.

“We’re not going to back down from these bullies and harassment,” she said. “It is unacceptable what they are doing and we are not going to back down.”

“We are going to show them that it could have stopped us one day, but we are a force to be reckoned with.”

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