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“Are you sick and tired of watching perverted mentally ill pedophiles brainwash our youth and society with their idiologies [sic]? They have abused the rainbow for the last time!!!” reads the description of MAGA Girl founder Denise Ruiz’s latest rally, the “The Rainbow Event.”
Ruiz, who organized the Las Vegas “Alpha March” counter to the Womens’ March last month, announced “The Rainbow Event” last August. According to her posts on the discussion section of the event page, the event is ““an online Campaign and will be ended with a huge rally on Feb. 16th” at noon to 3pm. The rally will take place in Yucaipa, just east of San Bernardino, on the Wabash Exit Bridge. Accounting for the main and backup pages of fellow far-right activist Lexi Davis both saying they’re going, there are 20 people set to appear at the event.
“No we are not trying to literally take the rainbow flag out of the hands of gays… it’s just a metaphor,” Ruiz’s description says.
On the same day the event went up, she posted a meme in the Facebook page’s discussion with the caption “Pedophelia [sic] is always the end game of gay marriage; we Christians tried to warn you.”
Equating LGBT+ people with pedophiles is a common trope for homophobes and transphobes.
The day after the anti-gay marriage meme, Ruiz posted a photo of an “Anti-Pedo” t-shirt she designed depicting a hanged stick figure with the word “solution” written under it.
After this post, Ruiz claimed one of her daughters is gay and said that anyone who disagrees with the event is pro-pedophilia.
Among those who plan on attending the event is Arthur Schaper of MassResistance, a Massachusetts-based organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as “an Anti-LGBT hate-group.”
“This is the kind of uprising we need to see in California against sexual perversion and the LGBT Movement as a whole,” Schaper posted on the event discussion with a link to his TownHall.com column titled “Americans, learn from the Yellow Jackets: Stop running and start fighting back.”
In August, the SPLC published a report detailing how Schaper’s California chapter of MassResistance included white nationalist Kenny Strawn. Strawn, according to UK-based anti-hate group Hope Not Hate, tried to start an American branch of the European white nationalist organization Generation Identity last year. Schaper was present at Patriot Prayer’s failed August 2017 post-Charlottesville rally in Berkeley. He’s also written for the Red Elephants, a far-right media group that promoted the neo-Nazi Rise Above Movement gang.
Schaper and MassResistance recently gained attention for disrupting “Drag Queen Story Time” events at libraries around the country, claiming they were part of the same plot to indoctrinate young people.
Ruiz’s connection to the recent trend of harassing Drag Queen Storytime events goes further. On January 28th she posted a defense of a “close friend” who was banned from a library in Houston for protesting one of these events. She doesn’t mention the man’s name but key details from her account match the Houston Chronice’s report of the event and identify him as James “Doc” Green Sr, the host of conservative “Raging Elephant Radio.”
Green, according to HPD spokesperson Jodi Silva, was previously banned from the Freed-Montrose Library for “filming children at the library.” He allegedly trespassed on January 26th to protest a Drag Queen Storytime event, refusing to leave. Multiple officers had to escort him out. The police confiscated a concealed handgun that Green brought into the library.
“We have a bunch of homosexuals who are molesting children,” Green says in a livestreamed YouTube video titled “Arrested for being a Christian,” adding “and they’re doing it with your help!”
Green was taken to a hospital after complaining of chest pains that Ruiz’s post describes as a panic attack. He was release from the hospital the same day without charges. Ruiz’s description of the event doesn’t mention the fact that Green brought a gun into the library.
Another notable attendee of “The Rainbow Event” is Lexi Davis, a prominent far-right organizer and partner of open fascist activist Jourdin Davis. Jourdin Davis is frequently suspended from Facebook over extreme statements. Last October he posted a video rant to Facebook about the migrant caravan, saying that if the caravan reaches the U.S. border, “I think it’s time for us now to start shooting on sight.” Davis, who claims he went to Berkeley High School, was at numerous bloody 2017 Berkeley protests.
On August 11th in a 25-minute video with over 3600 views posted to his Facebook page, Jourdin and Lexi Davis spoke at length about how the famous rainbow pride flag was appropriated from Christianity and their objections to educating children about non-heteronormative gender and sexuality.
“What the LGBT community did with the rainbow flag just went way too fucking far,” Jourdin Davis said, continuing, “They should have made something that references their own community instead of a biblical story.”
The couple both agreed on camera that pedophilia is distinct from being LGBT+, Jourdin calling pedophilia “a disease with no cure.”
“Except maybe lead behind the ear,” Lexi added.
Jourdin also called helping a child with gender dysphoria to transition “a work in progress for Satan.”
Antonio Foreman, who was alt-right internet celebrity Baked Alaska’s bodyguard during the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, listed himself as going to the event as well. Foreman has appeared recently at conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer’s stunts at the Governor’s Mansion in Sacramento and Nancy Pelosi’s home in Napa Valley.
Denise Ruiz herself is a self-identified member of the III% Militia movement, whose members have been linked to numerous hate crimes against Muslims, including the firebombing of a mosque in 2018. “III%ers” acted as perimeter guard during Unite the Right and distanced themselves publicly from white nationalism in its aftermath.
The most recent post on the Facebook page for the event is an article about New Jersey schools teaching LGBTQ history. As of this writing, six people responded to it with the “angry face” emoji.
This story was updated on February 4th at 11:23PM to include details about the January 26th incident in Houston and Ruiz’s connection to it as well as newly discovered statements from Jourdin and Lexi Davis.