Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Faces Backlash

An online petition has garnered significant attention, drawing over 20,000 signatures, protesting Macy’s iconic Thanksgiving Day Parade for allegedly featuring what the petition describes as a “non-binary and transgender extravaganza.” Organized by One Million Moms, the petition expresses concern that this year’s parade will showcase elements promoting the LGBTQ+ community, aiming criticism at Macy’s for potentially exposing millions of viewers to what it terms as a “liberal LGBTQ agenda.”

The petition specifically targets performances slated for the parade, notably citing two Broadway musicals set to participate, both featuring transgender and non-binary individuals in prominent roles. Justin David Sullivan, known for portraying the non-binary character “May” in the musical “& Juliet,” and Alex Newell, recognized for their portrayal in “Shucked,” have been singled out in the petition for their gender identities and roles.

Kristen Waggoner, president of the Alliance Defending Freedom, condemned Macy’s parade plans on a segment of “FOX & Friends.” Waggoner criticized the inclusion of a non-binary transgender character, labeling it as part of an ideological conflict affecting families, suggesting that corporate brands like Macy’s were disregarding the sentiments of their customers.

Supporters of LGBTQ+ representation in the parade have rebuffed the petition’s claims. Outlets such as LGBTQ Nation and Pink News dismissed the petition as “sensationalist” and “alarmist,” criticizing One Million Moms and its parent organization for their alleged anti-LGBTQ+ stance.

Waggoner continued to express concern, framing the issue as a clash between corporate influence and parental guidance. She referenced broader concerns about entertainment industry messaging and educational curricula, asserting that these factors were shaping children’s perceptions in ways that conflicted with parental values and beliefs.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a tradition dating back to the 1920s, holds a significant place in American holiday celebrations. Scheduled to be broadcast by NBC, the event has historically marked the start of the festive season for millions across the nation.

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