A Florida United Church of Christ is hosting a drag event for teenagers as well as a series of talks and activities designed to promote LGBT ideology.
The first Youth Pride Conference, which is being hosted by GLSEN Collier, is being held at the Naples United Church of Christ on May 21 for “LGBTQ youth seeking to explore LGBTQ-related issues they face today,” as the event page reads, Fox News reported.
It is meant for teens aged 12 to 18.
Along with free breakfast and lunch, the children will be treated a “drag show from some of our local drag queens,” as well as discussions on gender dysphoria, “forbidden queer literature,” “inclusive sex education,” “intersectionality and prejudices within the community,” and “political action and advocacy.”
The event’s keynote address will be given by Isaac Salazar of the Zebra Coalition, an LGBTQ youth organization.
The event’s sign-up sheet does stress that participants acknowledge that it is not officially affiliated with the church or with Collier County Public Schools.
Over the last several years, drag shows have increasingly been organized specifically for children and teens, from Drag Queen Story Hour events for young children at public libraries to in-person drag appearances at public high schools.
A handful of children have also gained notoriety as drag artists themselves, such as Desmond is Amazing whose performances have sometimes ranged on the perverse. In one instance, grown men threw dollar bills at the boy as he pranced around on stage in drag.
This comes as Florida has become the epicenter of the debate over the appropriateness of sexuality and LGBT education for children in schools.
Earlier this year, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law the Parental Rights in Education Act, which restricts Florida schools from providing instruction on sexuality to children in third grade and younger.
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