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The photo shows a young blonde girl, her arm around her father’s neck, as “she watches a man wearing a dog mask and (draped) in a flag that indicates he likes to pretend to be a dog at the Chattanooga Pride Parade in Chattanooga, Tennessee on October 2.

No, I wasn’t there, but The Epoch Times was, and on Tuesday an article appeared on its website with the headline, “Corporate-sponsored Chattanooga Pride Parade Showcases Fetishes for Kids.” . As someone with a keen interest in how the national media portrays our city, this story, to paraphrase Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly, was so “interesting” you should read it.

If you’re “proud” of Chattanooga, please refrain from going to theepocchtimes.com and reading the many comments, as the vast majority of conservative posts are unflattering unless you think a comparison to Sodom and Gomorrah could strengthen our tourism industry.

An example: “The wave of filth and evil sweeping across America like a spreading cancerous tumor is getting worse and worse. We are beyond the days of Noah. Beyond the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. Stay strong and resist this evil!”

Another comment: “Let me understand (perhaps a pun). If a straight man were to flash a kid and rub up on a kid, he would be arrested and listed as a sex offender. But if a non-straight person does the same under the name “Pride”, that’s fine. Anyone who brought their children to this show should be arrested and their children taken away. “Performers” should be arrested and charged with sex crimes.

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Written by Jackson Elliott for The Epoch Times, October 3, 2022

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—Hundreds of people gathered with their children to cheer on parade performers in drag and outfits suggesting sexual fetishes as they tossed candy and twirled down the street and onto the stage during the parade. Chattanooga Pride 2022 on October 2.

“We were able to adjust the times for today and get people here,” said David, an employee of Amazon, one of the event’s sponsors. “The company also paid for all of our giveaways that we give out as well as some of our costumes.”

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

David 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, David 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.

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.


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.

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 binders can cause skin lesions, back pain, chest pain and shortness of breath.


Men dressed as women and other participating costumers danced on stage in front of 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 up and down the catwalk. Another, Sweet Tooth Von Tataa, danced to the popular children’s song “Baby Shark” while wearing a shark jumpsuit.

“What is my best feature film? » Chattanooga Pride organizer Noach 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 Maj. 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.

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


“VAT is extremely supportive of all of its employee resource groups, and all of its employees, no matter what they believe, who they are, where they’re from, their backgrounds, their experiences that I’m going through,” said Megan Flynn, TVA’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. 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.

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 are just here to come and 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 numerous local and national businesses, including Disney, Keller Williams, Tennessee AARP and the Democratic Party.

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