I Went to a PRIDE Event. I Found the Groomers. They Were Evangelical Christians.

I will not consent to grooming children to hate strangers.

The Good Men Project
Equality Includes You

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By John Pavlovitz

I attended a PRIDE event at a small town here in North Carolina known to be decidedly conservative and extremely slow to embrace LGBTQ equality. (Such an area is not an anomaly here in the South, sadly.)

Given this reality, it was a surprising and glorious site as hundreds and hundreds of people streamed into a huge swath of a local public park that had been transformed into a kaleidoscopic temporary home for queer folks, allies, advocates, and loved ones to celebrate simple existence. It’s hard to imagine that anyone would go out of their way to come to a place like this to oppose such collective joy, but this is America after all.

As I stood on a hillside preparing to share some opening remarks with those present, I caught word of “disrupters” showing up, not only at the perimeter of the event as allowed by local authorities, but inside the gathering as well, standing amid throngs of families with young children, older couples, and beaming teenagers all decked out in rainbow regalia…

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