As LGBT “Pride” month continues, the group Arlington Pride hosted a “family-friendly” celebration of sexual identities that featured sex-themed merchandise and scantily clad drag queens.

The event, held at the Levitt Pavilion on Saturday, featured sex toys, people walking around in bondage gear, women flashing their breasts, and merchandise for sale with the word “C**T” on it, among other adult content. 

Multiple organizations, including Frank Kent Cadillac of Arlington, AMM Political Strategies, Charles Schwab, Lockheed Martin, and the Help Center for LGBT Health and Wellness, sponsored the sexually explicit event. 

Texas Family Project members who attended the event shared video evidence of performers wearing scanty clothing that revealed their buttocks and children walking around viewing the explicit merchandise. 

According to The Dallas Express, one of the performers featured at the event, Alyssa Edwards—originally Justin Dwayne Lee Johnson—is known for competing in drag pageants, including “Miss Gay America” in 2010. He has also been on the television show RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Members of the DFW Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were also in attendance. The group is known to masquerade as nuns while mocking Christian symbols and traditions. 

One Arlington resident, Kathi Arocha, questioned why minors were allowed to step foot in the event. 

“Why is it okay for children, young babies, to be placed in an environment to experience sexually explicit items, nakedness, and erotic dancing at a young age? What is the purpose of that?” Arocha told The Dallas Express.

The director of the Tarrant County Chapter of Citizens Defending Freedom, Rosalie Escobedo, also shared her disgust for the event, telling The Dallas Express, “The details that were exposed regarding the all-ages Arlington Pride event were horrific and pedophilic.”

Others shared with The Fort Worth Report how thankful they were for events like this, with one Fort Worth resident, Jose Gamboa, saying, “Even though it’s just one month out of the year, it means a lot,” said Gamboa. “It’s a good feeling to have the opportunity to be here in a community where we’re able to have something like this.”

Brady Gray, president of Texas Family Project, told Texas Scorecard, “The obscene language, nudity, and pure degeneracy on public display and supported by local tax dollars is an abomination.

“The city of Arlington and those who organized, supported, and allowed this event should be ashamed. Texans must stand against this,” added Gray. 

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.