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Local drag queens speak out against Facebook page that doxxed them

Protect North Dakota Kids describes itself as a political organization "dedicated to standing against LGBTQ and CRT propaganda."

Chandra James, a Fargo-based drag queen.
Chandra Armani, a Fargo-based drag queen.
Submitted by Chandra James.
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BISMARCK — Social media feeds have been stuffed with videos and stories from people across the U.S. expressing outrage or support for drag queens.

Some states are now introducing bills to make it illegal for minors to attend drag shows. Now that fighting on social media has come to North Dakota.

A Facebook page called Protect North Dakota Kids began posting the personal information of North Dakota drag queens, an action known as doxxing. They appear to be targeting drag queens scheduled to perform in Bismarck's pride festivities this weekend.

Protect North Dakota Kids describes itself as a grassroots political organization dedicated to, in their words, "standing against LGBTQ propaganda" and "irreversible gender-affirming care" for minors.

In a comment posted to Facebook, the group claims their posts don't count as doxxing. It argues the information shared is public information.

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Chris Stoner is one of the drag queens who had their personal information posted online by the group. They've been doing drag for twenty years, going by the name Janessa Jay Champagne.

Stoner says it's nothing they haven't seen before.

"I mean, this is, they always say everything old is new again," Stoner said.

They said drag events designed for younger audiences make for easy targets, but it's up to parents whether they want to bring their kids.

"Nobody is going around and, like, rounding up children and forcing them to go to a drag show," Stoner said.

Chandra James was also doxxed by the page. She's a Fargo-based drag queen also performing in Bismarck. She says the type of performance she will give to young people is very different than what she might do at a club.

"Not all of the drag that I do is going to be suitable for children," James said. "But that's why we're gonna switch it up. We're gonna switch up the formula, and I'm gonna give the audience something that (it) is going to be able to relate to."

Both James and Stoner agree that the page should be removed from Facebook.

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"I think that social media should really look at how they define vulnerable communities and actually do something about the hate speech on these platforms," Stoner said.

Both were encouraged by the comments on Protect North Dakota Kids Facebook posts, which largely criticized the group and supported the drag queens.

They're not going to let the public criticism stop them from performing this month.

"So, going forward with this pride season, I would just like everybody to know, the energy is going to be the same," James said.

WDAY News reached out to the Facebook page's listed email address for comment and did not receive a response.

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