People Are Trolling The Extreme Right Targeting Drag Bars

Phaylen Fairchild
6 min readDec 21, 2022

We must acknowledge that this is a compounding issue. It began with Florida Governor Rick DeSantis referring to gay people as pedophiles and groomers. The gauntlet was picked up by the very worst ilk of our extremist representatives and senators who saw this fractious time in the post-trump era as a veritable green light to attack, terrorize and fight for the right to discriminate against an innocent minority. When the US began bleeding red from beneath a sea of cult-like red hats sing-songing racist chants like 6th graders in church, they knew that this might be their only moment in history to leverage the culture war they had so viciously stoked and fight for their rights to take away those of others all the way to the Supreme Court, where for the first time in over a decade, the scales of justice lean far-right. This is how they overturned the settled law of Roe vs. Wade. They sat in silence, bided their time with an almost impeccable patience, and the moment the government body favored their ideology, they unleased a torrent of lawsuits that would see our communities as we knew them reshaped beyond recognition, vilified, even in some cases, hunted for daring to move through loopholes to get life saving reproductive care. Never one to let an opportunity slip through their fingers, the most extremist and radicalized sectors of our society have laid their crosshairs on healthcare for transgender children, threatened to put parents who pursue gender affirming care for their minors in jail for abuse, and most recently, the majority of congress had to once again vote to protect gay AND interracial marriage from the Supreme Court and the loft donors of the Justices who have been appealing to them to grasp this moment to destroy progress as we know it. We’ll soon see affirmative action go away again as well as religious owned businesses refusing to serve anyone who appears like they might be in conflict with their zealotry. Nothing is sacred, and the Republicans have made it clear they’re coming after everyone who does not identify as white, cisgender, Christian straight man.

Indeed, they’ve waited decades to get enough of a foothold- and money in the pockets- of elected public servants and Supreme Court Justices to ensure that we backward spiral to the days where women and black Americans could not vote, colleges were white only…

Phaylen Fairchild

Actor, Filmmaker, LGBTQ+ & Women’s Rights Activist All work copyright