CHICAGO, IL –– Fresh off of failing to apologize for his offensive remarks about the Holocaust, Darren Bailey has once again found himself embroiled in scandal, this time for his support of the anti-LGBTQ+ far right group, Awake Illinois. Bailey has supported the group throughout his candidacy, spoken at and participated in several events, and continues to align himself with the organization––despite their role in inciting violence and attacks on a local bakery for planning to host a family-friendly drag show brunch.
Awake IL posted about an upcoming drag show at UpRising Bakery and Cafe and days before the event, the business was vandalized by a man with connections to the Proud Boys. Awake IL proudly admitted they “blasted” the event on social media in the days leading up to the attack, claiming the bakery was “coming for your kids,” and calling the event “perverted.” The owners received threats and endured harassment, ultimately forcing them to cancel the event.
Even after the attacks, Bailey is still proudly headlining Awake IL’s latest divisive protest on August 16. Bailey recently attended their first anniversary celebration and was the first candidate to take their “Parents Bill of Rights” pledge.
“Darren Bailey’s continued support for Awake IL is an affront to LGBTQ+ Illinoisans everywhere. Their vitriolic language led to violent attacks against a local business, and his silence speaks volumes,” said JB for Governor Press Secretary Eliza Glezer. “Bailey and Awake IL have employed the same homophobic and transphobic dog whistles, putting members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies at risk. Darren Bailey must answer for why he is so proud to be aligned with this organization.”