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Conservative mom spent $1200 of her own money on police security for Rhode Island trans library talk

Rhode Island mother Nicole Solas was forced to pay $1,200 to pay for five officers to provide security for her event at the library.
Rhode Island mother Nicole Solas was forced to pay $1,200 to pay for five officers to provide security for her event at the library.

Rhode Island mother Nicole Solas was forced to pay $1,200 to pay for five officers to provide security for her event at the library.

A conservative Rhode Island mother was forced to spend $1,200 of her own money to hire five police officers to protect her and those attending a talk at a public library to address “transgender indoctrination” of children.

Nicole Solas, who is part of the right-wing Independent Women’s Network, was told police protection was necessary for the event to take place after the Cranston Police Department received threats of violence against her.

She had hired a police officer herself, at a cost of $240, but was forced to fork out another $960 on four other officers, after being told that number alone could guarantee her safety.

Solas had already decided to have a police officer accompany her before the event, but was told that more officers would be needed.

“I organized this event, but I became the target of this social media attack,” Solas told DailyMail.com. ‘Rhode Island legislators and university professors began to smear and intimidate me. They made calls for people to harass me and the library.

‘The Cranston Police Department received information that violent protesters, people with a history of violence and prior arrests were to attend. The police said they couldn’t host the event unless they had five police details because it was a threat to public safety,” he explained.

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‘Everyone who attended had to be searched for weapons and explosives. My car was also hidden when I went to the library. It ended up being a very intense experience when it was supposed to be an outreach to the community and an open, civil dialogue.’

Solas gave a talk earlier this week at the Cranston Public Library to address the “transgender indoctrination” of children.

“We are a pro-children's group that was having a needed conversation about children's health and safety, but we were smeared as anti-transgender.  We are not extreme, we just wanted to talk about how schools were hiding information from parents,

“We are a pro-children’s group that was having a needed conversation about children’s health and safety, but we were smeared as anti-transgender. We are not extreme, we just wanted to talk about how schools were hiding information from parents,” Solas told DailyMail.com.

The event featured Chris Elston, a puberty-blocking activist known as ‘Billboard Chris’, as a guest speaker to discuss the ‘medicalization’ of children.

Solas, meanwhile, spoke about education in schools.

In the past, anti-trans activists have called for books to be banned from schools such as ‘Gender Queer: A Memoir’, of which the Cranston library system has several copies.

School Journal Review describes the 240-page book as “a great resource for those who identify as non-binary or asexual, as well as those who know someone who identifies that way and want to understand them better.”

School Journal Review recommends reading lists to libraries, as well as books to buy.

Elston was interviewed by local New England media at the event earlier this week.

Elston was interviewed by local New England media at the event earlier this week.

News of the meeting spread on social media and protesters were encouraged to come forward.

News of the meeting spread on social media and protesters were encouraged to come forward.

But in pages viewed by DailyMail.com, the book is also extremely graphic and explicit in its drawings of transgender sex, with a suggested reading age of 18+, not school-age teens.

Fewer than 30 people attended the closed indoor discussion entitled ‘What children learn about gender at school’. Outside, more than 200 people rallied on the library lawn.

Campaigners had previously called on the William Hall Library to cancel the event, calling it “hate speech”.

Solas said such a description couldn’t be further from the truth.

“We are a pro-children’s group that was having a needed conversation about children’s health and safety, but we were smeared as anti-transgender. We’re not extreme. We just wanted to talk about how schools withheld information from parents. It is not an extreme position. Parents deserve to know. We also wanted to talk about the medicalization of children which we think is a child abuse scandal,” Solas told DailyMail.com.

Elston has argued that in addition to fostering gender nonconformity, schools teach children to adopt new gender identities, even to the point of physically mutilating their bodies.

Police stand between anti-trans activist Chris Elston, left, and counter-protesters, right, as they clash outside Boston Children's Hospital in Massachusetts.

Police stand between anti-trans activist Chris Elston, left, and counter-protesters, right, as they clash outside Boston Children’s Hospital in , Massachusetts.

Supporters of anti-trans activist Chris Elston demonstrate against gender-affirming treatments and surgeries on minors

Supporters of anti-trans activist Chris Elston demonstrate against gender-affirming treatments and surgeries on minors

Protesters for and against the hospital's programs dealing with gender-affirming surgeries and hormone treatments gathered outside the hospital last weekend.

Protesters for and against the hospital’s programs dealing with gender-affirming surgeries and hormone treatments gathered outside the hospital last weekend.

But Elston’s very presence also drew protesters to the event, as he accused Boston Children’s Hospital online of performing sex-change operations on minors.

The accusations led to a campaign of harassment against the hospital and its doctors, reports Boston.com.

Solas has rejected the ‘anti-transgender’ characterization.

“It is not hate speech to expose medical abuse of children. This is what we believe, Chris and I, that this is the biggest child abuse scandal in history,” Solas said.

Solas made national news last summer after filing 200 public record requests with the South Kingstown School Committee as it tried to find out if critical race theory was being taught in state classrooms.

Anti-trans activists have called for a ban on books like 'Gender Queer: A Memoir', which is extremely graphic and is aimed at people over 18, not school children.

Anti-trans activists have called for a ban on books like ‘Gender Queer: A Memoir’, which is extremely graphic and is aimed at people over 18, not school children.

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