Sep 23, 2022 - News

Anti-LGBTQ group targets Katy church fundraiser

Protect Texas Kids was met by armed counterprotesters outside Dallas in August. Photo submitted by Steven Monacelli

Protect Texas Kids protested at a LGBTQ event outside Dallas in August. Photo courtesy of Steven Monacelli

A group of anti-LGBTQ activists will protest a fundraiser at a Katy-area church tomorrow, prompting a planned counterprotest by antifascists from Houston.

Driving the news: First Christian Church Katy is hosting a drag bingo fundraiser benefiting the ministry's Transparent Closet, a free boutique aimed at helping young people in the LGBTQ community in the largely conservative west Houston suburb.

  • "​​We're more isolated in Katy from some of the resources that are available, say, inside [Loop] 610 for the LGBTQ+ community," Rev. Heather Tolleson told Axios. "Especially in regards to youth in the area who are identifying as trans or just exploring."

What's happening: Protect Texas Kids, led by North Texas' self-described "Christian fascist" Kelly Neidert, plans to protest outside the church, according to a Facebook event from the group.

Threat level: Neidert's protests have drawn support from neo-Nazis and other anti-LGBTQ groups.

Catch up quick: First Christian Church Katy has been targeted in the past for its affirmation of the LGBTQ community, the Houston Chronicle reports.

  • Police have investigated three separate incidents of theft and vandalism this year alone.

State of play: Despite the protest, the bingo fundraiser will go on.

  • "​​Our first and foremost line of concern is everyone's safety," Tolleson said. "All we want is a safe and peaceful night to happen. We value diversity, and we know not everyone agrees with us."
  • "With that at heart, we have done what we needed to do to take care of and provide a safe environment," Tolleson added.

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