Kids can ‘paint their faces like drag queens’ before all-ages dance party at Chicago Pride event
Chicago’s “Queer Fam Pride Jam” Pride event this year will reportedly feature controversial “drag dress-up and makeovers” for an all-ages family event.
The festivities are scheduled for June 17 at the Salt Shed Fairgrounds in Chicago and is co-sponsored by Lululemon. The “Queer Fam Pride Jam” event will take place from 10 am and go through 4 pm. It is being put on by a partnership between queer party producers Slo ‘Mo and the award-winning kids boutique Kido, according to Block Club Chicago.
The event will have a ton of activities and vendors that are focused on the LGBTQ community and other marginalized groups such as black, indigenous, and people of color. Wellness activities led by LGBTQ artists and healers will be held throughout the day as well, including family yoga and fan decorating. In addition to this, the local skateboarding school Natty Bwoy Bikes & Boards will provide a skating area. Legendary house music choreographer Boogie McClarin is also set to teach dance lessons at the event, catering to various age groups.
To top it off, there will be an all-ages “dance party” in the evening after participating kids “paint their faces like drag queens,” according to Block Club Chicago. Kido owner Keewa Nurullah described the culmination of the event as a celebration where children will showcase their dance moves after the lessons, showing off the drag artwork on their faces. It is being billed as an experience designed to be “an entire day of fun.”
— Block Club Chicago (@BlockClubCHI) May 16, 2023
“Creating a gathering place for families with LGBTQ members to exist and celebrate in broad daylight has benefits for children, too,” Nurullah claimed in an interview with Block Club Chicago. “Queer children can connect with other LGBTQ-identifying people and see possibilities or be exposed to their future life goals.”
“This is for queer parents, queer children, and strong allies,” Nurullah proclaimed. “Let’s party and have fun while celebrating the differences and dynamic individuals in our community in broad daylight. It’s going to be powerful.”
Kido, the children’s boutique involved in the planning of this event, has in the past organized a pro-abortion march as well as gatherings celebrating specific cultures and communities.
“This is about making a space for as many people as possible to celebrate queer pride,” Kristen Kaza, founder and “Party Mom” of Slo ‘Mo, told Block Club Chicago. “This is an event centering queer people, families, and children, but it’s also sending a message that this is for all families.”
“Slo ‘Mo formed in 2011 and throws queer-centric events featuring and employing mostly women and gender-expansive, LGBTQ and people of color artists, vendors and small businesses,” Kaza told the outlet.
“People would often tell me they wish they could bring their kids to Slo ‘Mo because it’s fun and would be a great place to be with their families,” Kaza asserted. “And now that I’m a parent, I also want to be able to have a good time and connect with other people and families. We deserve variety and daytime bops, too.”
Lululemon may also wind up in the crosshairs of angry Americans, following in the disastrous footsteps of Bud Light and Target.
Twitter users chimed in on the event and Lululemon’s sponsorship of it:
apparently @lululemon hired the marketing team from Bud Lite
— *•.¸♡ Ҝiм ♡¸.•* (@Kim_4VOLS) May 30, 2023
Let’s keep it simple for the kids, ok?
Face painting, crafts, bouncy houses type stuff
No stripper poles, no drag makeovers, no dollar bills in their waistbands for “dancing”
— HFM ☠️ (@HFentonMudd) May 30, 2023
Well, lulu just lost my business
— Julie K. (@Foxylady146) May 30, 2023
Chicago is a CESSPOOL.
— *****jerZboyMediaUSA**** (@jerZboyUSA) May 30, 2023
So tired of the freak show.
— Ragnar Danneskjold (@FreeDanneskjold) May 30, 2023
These Woke Companies don’t get it. Americans are not going to allow them to continue grooming our Children.
— TEXACAN1969 (@Rabbithole45) May 30, 2023
Ok, stop now.
— Luana (@LuanaGoriss) May 30, 2023
Well I guess we are hitting all time lows here in Chicago.
— Cubsfan (@cubsfuture2) May 30, 2023
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