OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (ChurchMilitant.com) - June was LGBT Pride Month. Of major concern for parents were efforts by pride event organizers to get children involved.
For instance, the Oklahoma City Pride Alliance published a Facebook post calling for children as young as 13 to perform at Pride Fest, an event that was held June 24–26.
"Calling all musicians, drag artists, dancers and talents ages 13–20! @okcpayouth is currently accepting applications for performers. Don't miss your chance to perform at Pridefest! Link in bio," the post reads.
The three-day event had minors scheduled to perform in a "Teen Royalty Drag Race" and a "Teen Vibes + Youth Services" session.
The Pride Alliance group specifically targets minors in its outreach. On June 22, the far-left nonprofit hosted a Youth Pride Night at an art gallery in downtown Oklahoma City. The group also held a Youth Pride Prom on June 23.
Pride Alliance's prom event was free for all attendees and intermingled minors as young as 16 with adults as old as 20.
Children who are interested in applying to perform at the Oklahoma City pride event are directed to a sign-up page listing various roles in need of volunteers. Some functions seeking volunteers are the "Family Zone," "Pride HQ" and the "Community Zone."
Some locals have been supportive of the far-Left event. One local salon owner posted a photo on Instagram of a prepubescent boy's hair dyed in rainbow colors to look like the LGBT pride flag. The OKC Pride Alliance page was tagged in the post.
Drag events similar to Pride Fest have received backlash throughout the past few weeks. Earlier this month, a gay bar in Dallas hosted a drag show event called "Drag the Kids to Pride." The event was labeled to be family-friendly but video from the event sparked controversy online.
Footage taken by independent journalist Tayler Hansen shows a drag performer inviting children to dance on stage with him.
In another video, parents are seen giving their children money to give to the drag performers.
Parents are having children hand drag queens money pic.twitter.com/0Y43VMy9vF— Tayler Hansen ���� (@TaylerUSA) June 4, 2022
In Washington, D.C., a man with exposed chest implants leads a group of small children down the street while he danced provocatively and sexually.
Journalist Andy Ngo later revealed, "William Leather, the transsexual topless dancer who twerked in front of children at the Washington, D.C. Pride Parade last weekend, had previously been arrested multiple times for indecent exposure in several jurisdictions."
Minors have interacted with gay pride performers at school events as well.
In San Francisco two weeks ago, a middle school hosted a drag artist to perform in front of students. The performer tweeted footage of his performance, only to delete it following backlash.
Late last month, a middle school in New York City paid a drag artist to come into the classroom and teach children how to apply drag makeup.
The New York Post reported New York City has spent over $200,000 of taxpayer money on hosting drag queens at NYC schools since 2018.
Republicans have begun to take action in attempts to limit drag artists' access to vulnerable minors. Texas State Rep. Bryan Slaton announced plans to propose a bill that would ban drag shows in the presence of minors.
Drag shows are no place for a child.— Bryan Slaton (@BryanforHD2) June 6, 2022
I would never take my children to a drag show and I know Speaker Dade Phelan and my Republican colleagues wouldn't either.
I will be filing legislation to address this issue in the new #txlege . pic.twitter.com/R7NkX7ADBR
Slaton posted the bill on Twitter with the caption, "Drag shows are no place for a child. I would never take my children to a drag show and I know Speaker Dade Phelan and my Republican colleagues wouldn't either."
The earliest opportunity for Slaton to file the bill is during the next Texas Legislature in January of 2023.
Florida state representative Anthony Sabatini praised Slaton's bill, commenting, "Florida must follow Texas' lead and ban this sick act — sex shows are no place for kids. It's time to protect Florida children."
Republican governor Ron DeSantis, who is Catholic, echoed Sabatini's sentiment, suggesting he may order Child Protection Services (CPS) to investigate parents who bring their children to drag shows in Florida.
"We have child protective statutes on the books. We have laws against child endangerment," the governor said.
The Republican leader noted how drag shows are targeting young children as their audience: "It used to be kids would be off-limits. Used to be everybody agreed with that. Now it just seems like there's a concerted effort to be exposing kids more and more to things that are not age-appropriate."