The talk radio right and conservative social media is sparking with news that Boise’s Pride Parade Sunday will feature a “Drag Queen” festival on stage…for 11-18 year-olds.
The GUARDIAN has discussed the event with our trusted liberal and gay friends. We also talked to some middle of the roaders and conservatives. At first they all doubted the event was actually scheduled. When it was finally sorted out, the consensus was as follows:
–Sponsors probably were unaware that young boys would be on stage as part of a gay pride event.
–It is inappropriate to use kids on stage for such an event.
–Boys, girls, and non-gender folks of any age should be allowed to dress as they please.
–Organizers are fanning the flames of discontent with the “in your face” act.
–The news media and the GUARDIAN wouldn’t publish images of juvenile suspects involved in criminal cases and the same rule would logically apply for child drag queens (princesses?).
Finally, based on the plethora of images on the internet, an appearance as a drag performer at a young age could stay with someone for their lifetime and would easily pop up during a Supreme Court nomination hearing or at a future criminal trial.
3pm 9/7/22UPDATE–Zions bank has withdrawn sponsorship based on the child event.
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Sep 7, 2022, 2:49 pm
On Drag Kids and Drag Story Time, I don’t see any kids, even 11 year olds, changing their sexuality because they see either of these events. I would expect that the majority of kids, who think they may be any thing other than heterosexual, would run away from anything that brings attention to them. Most teenagers do that except for seeking attention from their peers.
Mate thinks that it is fine for teens and pre-teens to go onstage if they want to, and that it depends on the child. I agree, but I also do not think that many of them would be comfortable going on stage. Thiis partly because they are so uncertain about themselves through their teens and into their 20s, 40s and 40s. Also, in our society, there is a significant minority of people who would come out of the woodwork to torment those kids. That may be a far larger statement about the ugliness of that group of people than about the kids who would be brave enough to go on stage.
The loudest voices expressing outrage over anything not heterosexual are in my view likely repressing homosexual tendencies that they are afraid to examine within themselves. It’s always amusing when the most outraged conservatives get outed. E.g Larry Craig.
Corporate America is trying to embrace gay people because Corporate America has recognized that gay people make up a sizable portion of the public at large and the pool of employees. Only with a radical right wing revolution will gays be pushed back into the closet. That would only be one aspect of a radical right wing revolution that we should all fear.
So, that’s my view of a tempest largely in a teapot.
Sep 7, 2022, 4:22 pm
I am a let live and get along kind of guy but wow:
Scheduling the parade for 9/11 wasn’t a super great idea.
Including a children’s drag component was a terrible idea.
It doesn’t take more than a moment’s worth of thought to realize that both are inflammatory to people with differing points of view. Picking a fight isn’t “solidarity” and stirring the pot isn’t “support.”
The rejoinder is “we have the right to do these things,” and that’s probably true. But these things are still stupid and unwise.
Sep 7, 2022, 5:03 pm
Lefty says it pretty well.
Live and let live.
All 11 to 18-year-olds have parents.
Sep 7, 2022, 11:20 pm
By now everyone should realize that there is heavy overlap between bona fide pedophiles and the LGBT community. Didn’t we just have Pride Month?
Sep 8, 2022, 8:14 am
Disgusting to me. However, like it or not, I accept the queers’ place in society; but I do my best to keep their hands off my tax dollars.
Sep 8, 2022, 2:05 pm
By now everyone should realize that there is heavy overlap between bona fide pedophiles and the bigots community. Didn’t we just have Bigot Month?