President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said there is a “clear and present danger against our community and threats against our community,” on The Takeaway podcast.
“Over this past year, we really haven’t seen it at this level in over a decade, at least, if ever,” she added.
According to Ellis, “This starts with politicians who are targeting LGBTQ+ people at the beginning of the year” with legislation and is further attributable to “vile rhetoric that we’re seeing that’s amplified on Right-wing media and spread across extremist social media sites.”
“There’s a real threat against our community right now,” she emphasized.
She also claimed that GLAAD has been working with both law enforcement and the White House.
Earlier this week, protesters and counterprotesters clashed outside of an all-ages Christmas-themed drag queen show in San Antonio, Texas. One side featured organizations hoping to protect children from being exposed to drag, including the San Antonio Log Cabin Republicans, and the other side drew pro-LGBT organizations and even some City Council members.
Both sides were armed during the competing demonstrations, though no guns were used, and no physical altercations were reported.