A Christian church in Texas hosted a drag event last weekend that was open to families, prompting protests from locals urging the attendees to “DEFEND PURITY, REJECT PERVERSION.”
The First United Methodist Church in Sherman, Texas became the venue for the May 13 LGBTQ event, after it was moved from its original location at nearby Pecan Grove Park.
The event, called “Pride Prom,” was billed by organizers as a “family-friendly drag show.” A poster for the event, which had the original venue on it, read, “Pride Prom. Be True To You. Saturday, May 13th, 8-11 PM.”
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The event attracted the attention of protestors, who corroborated the existence of the event and the presence of drag queens and “furries” at the church.
Prior to it, conservative advocacy group “Protect Texas Kids” organized a protest of the show on social media. In a Twitter post, the group said, “Reminder: This Saturday, we’ll be protesting a ‘kid-friendly’ drag show in Sherman. We’ll have extra posters and water bottles, so bring a friend and join us!”
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Images also showed counter protestors showing up to the event, including what the Christian Post described as a “’gay’ Spiderman holding a rainbow flag.” Another counter-protestor could be seen hold a rainbow flag with the Gadsden flag motto, “Don’t tread on me.”
In addition to Protect Texas Kids, protestors from Catholic advocacy group “The New Columbia Movement” showed up to the venue, marching near it with a flag that stated, “DEFEND PURITY, REJECT PERVERSION” while praying the rosary.
According to eyewitnesses, Sherman police were seen outside the event escorting the drag performers and the furry around the church. A spokesperson for police department confirmed to The Christian Post it had hired two off-duty officers to provide security.