A group of mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters – specifically, an MMA coach and his students – have volunteered to work as security for a drag show in West Virginia.
Jonathan Haught – owner of Ohio Valley MMA in Wheeling, West Virginia – made the offer in a Facebook post, after the drag show organizers had to cancel the event due to threats of violence that they’ve received:
I’m not afraid to stand up to people, and I train to fight people all day, every day, so if somebody really wants to attack somebody, let them attack me instead.
Don’t attack the drag queens.
The event was supposed to take place at a local restaurant and was organized by S&S Productions, a Pennsylvania-based LGBTQ production company that hosts drag events.
After receiving a number of threats, they felt that they had to cancel the event:
We were so incredibly excited to bring you a fabulous brunch to Wheeling WV.
Unfortunately, due to the amount of threats towards Primantis, the entertainers, & sometimes even patrons, we’ve decided for the safety of everyone involved to cancel the event.
We hope in the near future we can try to bring another brunch to the area – we were only 2 tables away from a fabulous sold out event so we know y’all want us there!
Nevertheless, Haught and his team are on standby if the event is rescheduled.
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