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Tara Lipsyncki targeted by hate groups over all-ages drag shows, forced to sell home

Tara Lipsyncki, owner of Mosaics: Community Bookstore & Venue in Provo, Utah, has been compelled to sell their childhood home and move into hiding due to escalating threats. This drastic step follows a series of hate-fueled incidents, culminating in a bomb threat on April 14 aimed at her and a scheduled Drag Story Hour event.

The decision to sell her home, where they had lived for over 30 years of their life, came after being doxxed in December by far-right hate group Gays Against Groomers, resulting in threats and suspicious circumstances. Lipsyncki reported the incident to both the Riverton and Provo Police Departments, as well as the office of Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. Despite the clear danger posed by the exposure of their personal information, law enforcement has yet to take significant action. Authorities dismissed the need for criminal charges, claiming there were no direct threats.

“Does a bomb threat that states ‘we will stop you and we will kill you’ constitute a credible threat?” Lipsyncki questioned.

In a letter to Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, Lipsyncki’s lawyer, James Ord, wrote, “GAG Utah Chapter president Jesse Whitear and the GAG national President Jaimee Michell both took to social media and began doxing Ms. Lenea claiming that she was grooming children for sexual interference. Her personal details, email address, social media, and private home address and phone number were not only released to the public but were broadcast for people to retaliate against her. The result of this was death threats, increased security costs, canceled events, and interference with religious services.”

“Doxing is a crime in Utah under Utah Code §76-9-201(2) & (3). But given the current anti-trans anti-DEI
political environment, Ms. Lenea feels that the policing agencies seem to feel at liberty to write her off and neither protect, nor serve, her on the basis of her sex, an immutable characteristic,” the letter states.

This lack of police response left Lipsyncki with no choice but to part with their beloved home to ensure their family’s safety. The house, filled with memories and connections to their late mother, was one of the few tangible links they had to her past.

The recent bomb threat on April 14 is part of a disturbing pattern of hostility Lipsyncki has faced since early 2023. The threats include incidents at various locations and events in 2023, such as threats against Bes-TEAS — an all-ages drag service — on March 10; police intervention required in Vernal, Utah, on June 7; police protection for an all-ages drag show in St. George, UT on June 30, threats at The King’s English on September 24, and lynching threats in Rock Springs, WY on October 19.

Despite these relentless attacks, Lipsyncki remains unwavering in her commitment to her community. She has called on the public to take tangible actions rather than offering mere thoughts and prayers. She urges support for The United Drag Alliance, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing essential programs and resources for the queer community in rural areas.

“We need help funding security, supplies, and services,” Lipsyncki stated. “If you cannot donate, please share this message so law enforcement can no longer ignore us and bring these criminals to justice.”

Lipsyncki’s resolve to continue amplifying marginalized voices and supporting her community remains strong, even in the face of personal sacrifices. She believes that collective action and holding those in power accountable are crucial steps toward overcoming these challenges.

“If we stand together, we will win,” Lipsyncki declared. “If we hold people in power accountable and demand accountability, we will win.”

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