New York City’s annual drag queen parade took a contentious turn on Friday as LGBTQ activists chanted slogans that have sparked controversy. Hundreds of drag queens and members of the LGBTQ community gathered at Tompkins Square Park to participate in the Drag March parade, which marked the commencement of NYC’s “Pride Weekend” commemorating the historic Stonewall Riots of 1969.
Videos shared on social media captured moments of the parade where participants could be heard chanting phrases such as, “We’re here, we’re queer, we’re coming for your children,” and “We’re here, we’re queer, we’re not going shopping.” These chants have drawn attention and raised concerns among some observers.
The drag march procession, which traversed through NYC’s vibrant East Village, culminated at the renowned Stonewall Inn, a symbolic landmark associated with the LGBTQ rights movement.
However, the controversial chants, particularly the remark about “coming for your children,” have ignited a debate about the messaging employed by some activists during Pride events. Critics argue that such slogans may fuel animosity and promote division, detracting from the overarching message of inclusivity and equality that Pride celebrations aim to uphold.
It is worth noting that the group behind the chants is known as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a self-described “leading-edge Order of queer and trans nuns.” They operate as a satirical performance and activist organization, raising funds for LGBTQ causes and engaging in various forms of advocacy.
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“We’re here, we’re queer we’re coming for your CHILDREN.”
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) June 24, 2023
This incident marks the second instance in recent weeks where the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have attracted attention. Earlier in June, the Los Angeles Dodgers chose to honor the group during their annual LGBTQ Pride celebration. The decision faced opposition, leading to a demonstration outside Dodgers Stadium by thousands of protesters who expressed concerns about the group’s portrayal of religious symbols and values.