Over 60 people attended a “Queer Dance Party” in front of That’s Amore Grill at 15201 Shady Grove Rd in Rockville on Wednesday night, October 19. The event was organized by Trans Maryland and Kristin Mink, the Democratic nominee for the County Council seat in District 5. The group was protesting a fundraiser by UARE (United Against Racism in Education) titled “True Stories About Transgenderism; It can happen to one of your loved ones!” that was taking place inside of the restaurant. UARE describes itself as a group that is “dedicated to fighting against the teaching of “Critical Race Theory”.
A flyer for the UARE event listed Nicole Eckenrode, a mother of nine who’s oldest son was “Brainwashed into the GENDER IDEOLOGY”, Lisa Ruth, a working mother that “talks about the Transgender Crisis in Maryland public high schools,” and Brandon Showalter, a “journalist” as speakers. Entry to the event was $20 and included pizza, veggies, and fruit.
Mink tells us, “As you can see, Montgomery County will not stand by when people try to peddle the exact kind of misinformation being used to defend anti-trans policy nationwide. Our community will continue to be proactive in protecting and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.” That’s Amore has not commented publicly about the event.
Feature photo courtesy of Trans Maryland.
🤬JUST NOW: An anti-trans fundraiser peddling hate and misinformation was held at a MoCo restaurant tonight.
🌈 So we held a Queer Dance Party out front to stand in love and joy— and fundraise for @TransMaryland!
— Kristin Mink for Montgomery County Council (MD) (@KristinMink_) October 20, 2022