The Boise Pride Festival starts today—but thankfully, concerned Idahoans are standing up and saying, “Enough is enough!”
The wildly inappropriate celebration of all things gay and transgender incited national outrage for its event programming, which was scheduled to include a kids’ drag show and a “drag story time.”
However, a huge victory came last night when Boise Pride Festival organizers announced that they were dropping the kids’ drag show portion of the event in response to the community backlash.
The programming change came after several corporate sponsors, including Idaho Power and Zions Bank, withdrew their support when grassroots activists quickly mobilized and threatened to no longer patronize their establishments if they continued their involvement.
While this is a big step forward, the work is not yet done. The Boise Pride Festival will still feature a “drag story time” for children, and various drag performers will still be featured in front of audiences containing children.
Furthermore, many local Idaho companies are still sponsoring the event, even though its programming normalizes and celebrates sinful and deviant sexual lifestyles.
Here are two action steps you can take to make a difference:
Some people have asked me about circulating social media posts which claim that it is already illegal to conduct drag shows with child performers or with children in the audience.
Unfortunately, these posts are spreading misinformation. Drag shows that involve children may be unconscionable, but under current Idaho law, these sexual exhibitions are actually legal in most cases. That’s exactly why we need to demand that the state legislature updates our laws so that innocent children are protected from this type of appalling sexual deviancy.
Amazingly, more than 2,000 Idahoans have signed our petition since yesterday morning. Please forward the petition to your friends and keep the momentum going!
2. Send a form email asking corporate sponsors of the Boise Pride Festival to rescind their support and withdraw from the event.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Zions Bank and Idaho Power have already withdrawn their support—and now it’s time to ask College of Western Idaho, Albertson’s, St. Luke’s, St. Alphonsus, T-Mobile, Simplot, Target, Hewlett Packard, Fred Meyer, and other corporate sponsors to follow suit.
We want their executives to know that Idahoans will not support businesses and organizations which sponsor events that exploit impressionable and vulnerable children. Once you’ve sent your emails to the corporate sponsors, don’t forget to forward this opportunity to your friends!
Let me encourage you—you are making your voice heard, and it is making a difference!
The Bible prophesies of a time when “the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action,” even though many would be led astray (Daniel 11:32). God has called us for such a time as this; therefore, we must commit ourselves to being those people who stand firmly on the foundation of biblical truth and take action, no matter the cost.
Keep the fight in faith and prayer.