Decatur Pride Fest in Illinois announces ‘youth drag show’

Illinois’ Decatur Pride Fest, set to take place later this month, is announcing a “youth drag show” at the event, which follows the emergence of similar events across the country.

The Decatur Illinois Pride event is scheduled to take place September 17 at the Fairview Park Pavilion. An online flyer detailing the event advertises several main stage activities, including “Pets of Pride”, “Drag Queen Story Hour” and “Youth Drag Show”.

This is not an isolated case. The Boise Pride Festival begins in Idaho this week and also announced “Drag Kids” on stage.

“You’ve watched the queens and kings and now it’s time to see the kids,” read a brochure describing the event. “A drag show like no other, the Drag Kids range from ages 11-18 and are ready to bring it all to the Boise Pride Festival stage!”

“Come cheer them on as they bring flirtation to the younger generation!” he added. However, he has now postponed this particular performance due to “security concerns”:

This is not the only case where children have been included in these pride events in recent months. While there are many stories of Drag Queen Story Hours and Brunches across the United States, a Pennsylvania Pride event, the Central PA Pride Festival, made waves last month after apparently teaching pole dancing to children. What is more amazing is that the event was not only supported by the administration of Governor Tom Wolf (D), but received a $10,000 grant championed by Democrat:

As Breitbart News detailed:

“The PA Pride Community Grant Scheme reaffirms our commitment to bringing visibility to the LGBTQ+ community and creating a more inclusive Commonwealth,” said Carrie Fischer Lepore, Assistant Secretary for Marketing, Tourism and Film at the Department for Development Community and Economic (DCED). in a statement at the time, calling the events – one of which apparently taught children pole dancing – “uplifting”.

“Uplifting events and festivals that celebrate belonging, accessibility and inclusion send the message that in Pennsylvania, all are welcome to pursue their happiness,” she added.

Wolf praised this particular event, writing, “As Governor and on behalf of all citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I am honored to offer my support for the thirtieth anniversary of the Pride Festival of Central Pennsylvania.”


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