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Company-sponsored Chattanooga Pride Parade showcases fetishes to children

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—Hundreds gathered with their children to encourage the parade artists in slide and outfits suggesting sexual fetishes as they tossed candy and twirled down the street and onto the stage during the 2022 Chattanooga Pride Parade on Oct. 2.

An Amazon employee at the event said the retail giant had accommodated members of the so-called “Glamazon” group by allowing them to adjust their schedules. “The company also paid for all of our giveaways and some of our costumes,” the Amazon employee told The Epoch Times.

Other sponsors included the Tennessee the Valley Authority (TVA) electric utility, the T-Mobile communications company and the Chattanooga Unum insurance company.

A man who declined to be named was part of a parade of 500 to 600 people, many of whom graphically displayed their sexual tastes in front of children. But unlike many parade attendees who spoke to The Epoch Times, the man said he opposes drag shows aimed at children, like the ones Chattanooga Pride hosts. The topic sparked controversy when a viral video showed a young child at a drag show rubbing the crotch of a performer, who failed to stop the youngster.

A T-Mobile employee with a shirt sponsored by her company for the Chattanooga Pride parade in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Oct. 2, 2022. (Jackson Elliott/The Epoch Times)

Destiny, a T-Mobile employee who said her company was a sponsor, attended with her child. She was aware of the drag show where the controversial contact occurred between the child and the performer.

“I think it’s appropriate for kids to express themselves as they see fit,” she said. “I don’t think they should have stopped” the behavior.

Many parents brought their families to the parade.

“Love is love, and you know, that’s their thing,” a mother told her daughter.

Many attendees at the event suggested that celebrating LGBT ideology should be a Southern cultural practice.

“Y’all’ means everything,” some chanted.

“We are here, we are proud and we are not going anywhere,” swore an advertiser.

Unleashed leashes

Some men in the parade wore zippered leather dog masks, costumes with leashes and tails and other paraphernalia.

A man wore a bulletproof vest, carried a sword and made it clear that he was closely watching three counter-protesters at the event.

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A little girl and her father near a man wearing a fetish dog mask and a drag queen during the Chattanooga Pride Parade in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Oct. 2, 2022. (Jackson Elliott/The Epoch Times)

Another wore a dog mask and a flag indicating that he enjoyed a sexual fetish involving self-degradation.

Parade participants handed out sweets to children along the route.

After the parade, event attendees partied along the Chattanooga River, where some local businesses sold merchandise in tents.

Some offered water bottles in the shape of a part of the male anatomy. Others offered free breast binders so girls could flatten their breasts to minimize their feminine shape. Experts have said that filing cabinets can cause skin lesions, back pain, chest pain and shortness of breath.

Family entertainment?

Men dressed as women and other costumed participants danced on stage before an audience of young boys and girls.

A man wearing a leather chest harness and dramatic makeup provocatively broke his rainbow suspenders as he writhed in front of children and teenagers.

A drag performer strutted across the stage podium. Another, Sweet Tooth Von Tata, danced to the popular children’s song “Baby Shark” while wearing a shark jumpsuit.

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Young women watch an LGBT costumed performer during the Chattanooga Pride Parade in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Oct. 2, 2022. (Jackson Elliott/The Epoch Times)

“What is my best feature film? Chattanooga Pride organizer Noah Corbin asked while performing in his drag character, Hormona Lisa. He mentioned his back of the nose and said he wanted to change his profile.

“Who thinks I should keep my nose?” he asked the crowd, receiving cheers.

The event received support from Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly, who condemned rising local opposition to children’s drag shows.

“It’s been an…interesting…week in Chattanooga, and it’s really important to me as mayor of Chattanooga that our city remains a diverse and welcoming city forever,” Kelly said. “Chattanooga is a city that celebrates diversity, and it doesn’t matter who you love.”

Progressive Congressman Ro Khanna (D-California) also made a surprise appearance at the event.

“To innovate, you have to respect diversity,” he said from the stage.

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Congressman Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) speaks as Noah Corbin (L), playing Hormona Lisa, waits behind him on stage during the Chattanooga Pride Parade in Chattanooga, Tennessee, October 2 2022. (Jackson Elliott/The Vintage Times)

Khanna suggested embracing diversity was crucial to keeping Chattanooga’s tech industries thriving. He urged Chattanoogans to support the federal equality law.

Sponsors enthusiastically supported the Chattanooga Pride event.

“VAT stands extremely supportive of all of its employee resource groups, and all of its employees, no matter what they believe, who they are, where they come from, where they come from, what their life experiences are” , said Megan Flynn, CEO of TVA. diversity and inclusion officer, told The Epoch Times.

The society’s LGBT resource group aims to sponsor LGBT activities in Chattanooga, she said. The TVA is a federally owned electric utility company and the sixth largest electric utility company in the United States.

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A tent for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) during the Chattanooga Pride Parade in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Oct. 2, 2022. (Jackson Elliott/The Epoch Times)

But when asked about the event’s relevance to children, sponsor representatives hesitated.

“I have no comment on that,” said Lis Ahmed, executive vice president of people and communications at Unum. “We’re just here to come celebrate with our employees.”

“If there are kids at events, they have parents who are there and involved,” Flynn said. “They need to address those aspects.”

The event attracted many local and national businesses, including Disney, Keller Williams Bakery, AARP Tennessee and the Democratic Party.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly named a corporate sponsor of the event. The Epoch Times regrets the error.

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Jackson Elliott reports on small town America for The Epoch Times. He learned to write and research the truth at Northwestern University. He believes that the most important actions are small and that, as Dostoyevsky says, everyone is responsible for everyone and everything. When he’s not writing, he enjoys running, reading and spending time with friends. Contact Jackson by emailing [email protected]

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