‘Children Can Handle The Kink’ Of Pride Parades, Says LGBTQ Activists

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LGBTQ advocates are now encouraging parents to take their children to pride rallies even if the event has sexually explicit activity.

“First of all, nobody likes nakedness more than children,” said S. Bear Bergman, a writer and educator, to the Huffington Post Canada.

“There is absolutely no reason not to take our kids to Pride — it’s a fun day, there are a lot of bubbles, rainbow streamers and enjoyable performances,” Bergman noted.

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: A boy carries a flag during the New York City Pride March, June 26, 2016 in New York City. This year was the 46th Pride march in New York City (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Pega Ren, a self-described sex therapist, said she often brings her two young grandchildren alongside her to pride parades. She said she believes that  “from kink to nakedness” pride parades are a great opportunity for parents to educate their kids about sex.

“Children benefit from seeing people loving one another, from seeing diversity and inclusion. Children suffer from seeing violence and fear, hatred and divisiveness, said Ren.  “I can’t imagine a safer place for families to bring children.”

Much of the advocacy came in response to a now deleted tweet that said, “Please don’t bring your k*inks/fet*shes to pride, there are minors at pride & this can sexualise the event.”

“On the list of things that I don’t want my children ever to be exposed to are: Compulsory heterosexuality, demonstrations of sexism, demonstrations of racism, demonstrations of ablism, violence. These are all way higher on the list than some homosexual’s tuchus,” Bergman said.

Many conservatives on Twitter argued that the HuffPost article was done in poor taste, with one user pointing toward social media hypocrisy:

There have already been some violent controversies during this month’s pride festivities. A few weeks ago at the Washington D.C. pride parade in Dupont Circle a gun scare caused thousands to run away in a panic. Several people were injured and seven people were hospitalized.

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