Mother Kicks Out White Nationalist Son With Gay Dad Over Attempted LGBT Pride Riot In Idaho
Jared Michael Boyce was one of the 31 people arrested earlier this month over an attempt to disrupt a LGBT Pride parade in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The white nationalist group Patriot Front showed up to the celebration in the back of a U-Haul truck with riot gear including shields, masks, smoke grenades and “operation plan” documents. The group was busted after police received a tip reporting the suspicious activity.
The group was lead by Patriot Front head Thomas Ryan Rousseau.
Boyce’s mother, Karen Amsden, does not approve of her son’s affiliation with the group. So she has kicked him out of their home located in Springville, Utah.
Amsden told The Daily Beast that her son has struggled to fill “a void” in his life ever since his father came out as gay and left the family years ago. The licensed social worker is taking a stand in hopes that telling his story will get him out of the group, whether it be on his own or sabotaging his relationship with the Patriot Front.
“I would love to do whatever I can to out him [as a Patriot Front member] so that he can’t be a part of it,” she said. “And that they don’t want him to be a part of their group because his mom has loose lips and a big mouth and he’s never going to get away with anything.”
Amsden said when she saw the news alert about the attempted riot and arrests in Utah, she “just knew” he was part of it. Boyce had lied to his mother about his whereabouts, telling her he was going camping for the weekend.
After Boyce was bailed out of jail by anonymous donors, he explained his actions to Amsden and that he would continue to stand with the group, which prompted Amsden to give him an ultimatum.
“I told him, ‘Well, then you can’t live here. You can choose between the Patriot Front and your family.’ And he’s like, ‘Well, I can’t quit Patriot Front.’ I’m like, ‘Well, then you’ve just chosen. So pack your stuff and get out of my house,’” she said
Amsden hopes her son’s attitude will change and he will leave the group she feels has radicalized him. “[I] just really want to believe that people can change and that he will figure it out,” she said.