Back during Pride Month in 2018, HuffPost joined in the celebration with a video featuring 10-year-old drag queen Desmond is Amazing, who served as ‚Äúproof that the future is queer.‚ÄĚ Speaking of pride, HuffPost liked the video so much it reposted it for Pride Month 2019, despite Twitter‚Äôs claim to have ‚Äúzero tolerance for child sexual exploitation.‚ÄĚ In fact, they posted it again¬†‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúWATCH: This drag kid is amazing‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ in the story we‚Äôll get to in a minute.
Sure, some pride parades are pretty tame, while others are flat-out pornographic (hello San Francisco). Is it OK to drag your kids along to the pride parade in your town? HuffPost Canada asked some parents their thoughts.
Kids can handle the kink at Pride parades, families say https://t.co/al5ToRsOqV
‚ÄĒ HuffPost Canada (@HuffPostCanada) June 13, 2019
Oh well, if families say it, then OK. Kids love nakedness. Especially naked adult strangers in public.
Politics have a prominent place in Pride, [retired politics and sexual diversity professor at the University of Toronto David] Rayside said, but ‚Äúit is also about outrage,‚ÄĚ a time when some in the community express this ‚Äúin ways that confront normal sensibilities.‚ÄĚ
The freedom to do so is embedded within LGBTQ+ culture and history. These expressions are the most colourful during the parade.
Bergman defended these elements and their right to exist at a kid-friendly event.
‚ÄúFirst of all, nobody likes nakedness more than children,‚ÄĚ Bergman said.
‚ÄúOn the list of things that I don‚Äôt want my children ever to be exposed to are: Compulsory heterosexuality, demonstrations of sexism, demonstrations of racism, demonstrations of ablism, violence. These are all way higher on the list than some homosexual‚Äôs tuchus.‚ÄĚ
Rayside added, ‚ÄúPride has always had a kind of outrageous edge to it. And should we alter that? It is not the Santa Claus parade, and it never was. It shouldn‚Äôt be. It can‚Äôt be.‚ÄĚ
Then don‚Äôt bring the kids?
And here‚Äôs semi-retired sex therapist Pega Ren:
Putting on her sex therapist hat, Ren emphasized that Pride, from kink to nakedness, is an excellent opportunity for parents to do unbiased sex education. Bergman also pointed out that many children don‚Äôt even interpret most of what they‚Äôre seeing in a Pride parade as sexual, but rather as dress-up or fun.
‚ÄúChildren benefit from seeing people loving one another, from seeing diversity and inclusion. Children suffer from seeing violence and fear, hatred and divisiveness,‚ÄĚ Ren said.
This kind of bullshit sets gay rights back decades. https://t.co/U0JpiiPTGv
‚ÄĒ Brad Polumbo (@brad_polumbo) June 18, 2019
‚ÄúKids can handle the kink‚ÄĚ
What editor at @HuffPost would ever green light publishing those five words in succession? Insanity.
‚ÄĒ Brad Polumbo (@brad_polumbo) June 18, 2019
I‚Äôm almost speechless, but not too speechless to say:
I am seriously so sick of your shit.
‚ÄĒ Princess of Whales (@corrcomm) June 18, 2019
no‚Ä¶it is 100% child abuse‚Ä¶if the same was done in a child care facility or elementary school the adults would be arrested!!!
‚ÄĒ EJM (@bosseone2) June 18, 2019
One problem is the kink wanting to handle the kids.
‚ÄĒ Crews Giles (@CrewsGiles) June 18, 2019
This is called ‚Äúgrooming‚ÄĚ.
‚ÄĒ Frank Budesa (@frankbudesa) June 18, 2019
‚ÄĒ Richard Anderson (@theNorthVision) June 18, 2019
‚ÄúKids can handle the kink.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúNobody loves nakedness more than children.‚ÄĚ
Actual sentences written in a Huffington Post article.
These are precisely the arguments that pedophiles make. That‚Äôs because the Left is absolutely trying to normalize pedophilia. pic.twitter.com/gDp6f4LIwk
‚ÄĒ Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 18, 2019
‚ÄĒ Bee ? (@infobee) June 18, 2019
‚ÄĒ George ? (@georgebarr) June 18, 2019
Explain to me why conservatives are harassed, banned, and deplatformed into oblivion on social media‚Ä¶but leftists can sexualize children and push pedophilia grooming openly, all under the guise of being ‚Äúwoke.‚ÄĚ
The Left revels in degeneracy disguised as progressivism.
‚ÄĒ Mindy Robinson ?? (@iheartmindy) June 18, 2019
Okay, but have you considered *not* exposing children to sexually explicit content/ not having public parades with sexually explicit content? Thanks.
‚ÄĒ SynthCath (@SynthCath) June 18, 2019
‚ÄĒ Daniel Ordo√Īez (@f1danieldos) June 18, 2019
This is gross
‚ÄĒ Mafia Godmother (@clementescorner) June 18, 2019
‚ÄĒ Mńęn√īnńęM (@FurMinoUwU) June 18, 2019
"I can't imagine a safer place for families to bring children" is printed directly above a photo of an 11 year-old boy who has been taken to clubs to dance evocatively for grown men at 2 am, who has been seated next to a middle-aged murderer and simulated snorting drugs with him.
‚ÄĒ Tara Ann Thieke (@TaraAnnThieke) June 18, 2019
No, that was the other kid drag queen, Lactacia, who was on video simulating snorting ketamine with an adult drag queen. Keep your kid drag queens straight. You know what we meant.
I'm all for pride, but children should not be exposed to straight or gay kink. That's an adult thing.
‚ÄĒ darthfledermaus (@darthfledermaus) June 18, 2019
Congrats to everyone who deployed the slippery slope argument many years ago. You were right the whole time. This tweet was the exact moment of confirmation.
‚ÄĒ Boroni (@Boroni85) June 18, 2019
‚ÄėMy Little Pony‚Äô gets its own same-sex couple just in time for Pride Month; Plus, gay flamingos https://t.co/wQpozhlN2p
‚ÄĒ Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 16, 2019