‘Groomer, street whore’: Taunton drag queen feared for life during weekend protest

TAUNTON, Mass. (WLNE) — Drag queen Monica Moore’s second children’s reading at the Taunton Public Library was interrupted by roughly two-dozen masked protesters. She said she feared for her life.

The protesters represented NSC-131, a white supremacist group that has been recruiting in Southern New England. They are believed to be responsible for racist flyers found recently.

“They were screaming things like, ‘Pedophile’. “Rapist.’ ‘Groomer.’ And a ‘street whore’,” said Moore.

In front of roughly 40 children and parents Saturday, she noticed three masked men enter the children’s center.

“I look up from reading the book, and there’s about 12 of them staring at me,” she explained. “With all the shootings going around, I am thinking, ‘I am going to be the next statistic.'”

Meanwhile, dozens more outside held signs in protest of the event.

After finishing the two books, Monica and her fiancée were rushed out of the children’s center and past the group outside.

She said parents in the crowd gave her comfort and strength to continue.

“They were just like, ‘You’re doing great’,” Monica added. “They were just mouthing, ‘You’re doing great. Just calm down.’ I was like, ‘OK, if you guys feel OK, then I feel OK. If you feel safe, then I am going to continue to do this.'”

She concluded, “Something has to be done about these groups. I have people who are angry. I have people who want to fight back. I have people who are upset and fearful. We’re just trying to show your kids that there are other types of people in the world, and that’s OK.”

Taunton police said 12 officers were dispatched Saturday. There are no reports of any arrests or injuries at this time.

Monica plans to return to Taunton Public Library for another “Drag Queen Story Hour.”

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