A drag troupe in the UK is holding a series of events featuring performers with Down syndrome to promote “inclusion,” all supported by a state-funded arts program, Culture Device.
Life Site News explains that “Like any other drag show, the performances feature song and dance by men wearing women’s dresses, garish makeup, wigs, and in some cases fake breasts. But Drag Syndrome is the first of its kind in the UK, with organizers and performers claiming the event somehow promotes acceptance of people with disabilities.”
This is an attempt by LGBT activists to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities.
“I think it’s new for contemporary culture to include people with learning disabilities in avant-garde culture or in high culture – or in high fashion,” LGBT activist and event organizer Daniel Vais says. “It’s quite new to everyone, but from what I see – it works really well, really, really well actually.” In 2013, Vais promoted ‘To Russian LGBT – with love,’ a theater event to help “raise concern over the treatment of the LGBT community by the Russian government.”
“I have a few family members that have Down’s syndrome,” said drag queen “Cara Melle.” “And so I’m very happy and also it makes me excited to see people embracing people with Down’s syndrome, people with any sort of, people who have never performed before. It’s very important to me.”
Ok…but what about people with Down syndrome in the womb?
“Approximately 750 babies with Down syndrome are born annually in the UK, which currently has a Down syndrome population of about 40,000 people, according to the UK Down’s Syndrome Association,” Life Site News explains.
They explain that while event organizers are claim to be fighting against “shunning” of Down syndrome children, the vast majority of individuals with Down syndrome living in the UK–as well as other major European nations–are aborted before they get the chance to be “included.”
“90% of UK babies to receive a Down syndrome diagnosis are aborted. Similar numbers have been reported in countries such as Norway, Iceland, and Spain, despite research showing that 99% of people with Down syndrome consider themselves ‘happy,’ and only 4% of parents of Down children express regret at having their child.”
Clearly, it’s far more important to these event organizers for people living with Down syndrome to be embraced by the LGBT community than it is for them to be regarded worthy of life by the whole of society.