Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church in Carrollton, Texas, is partnering with Carrollton Pride to host several pride events during the month of June, with the first couple of announced events aimed at children and teens.

To kick off “Pride Month,” the church is hosting a “Teen Pre-Pride Night,” where teens will decorate the church for the “2023 Carrollton Pride Day” to take place the following day.

The church is inviting all high-schoolers, as long as they are either a part of the LGBTQ+ community or have identified themselves as allies of the LGBTQ+ community.

“Events like this, aimed at bringing sexuality to the absolute forefront with a focus on kids and teenagers, are disturbing,” said Austin Griesinger, policy director for Texas Family Project. “It is appalling that any church of any denomination would invest their resources in something like this.”

Once the church has been decorated by the misled youth, church administrators will host their pride festival the next day, June 3.

“Carrollton has so many diverse communities within its borders, we invite the citizens of all communities to meet, have a booth, join the celebration and get to know each other better … with a little glitter, good music and food,” reads the announcement on the Carrollton Pride Facebook page.

The event will feature plenty of booths and food trucks, all of which are required to be “diversity-centric and affirming organizations.”

The group has yet to share which “LGBTQ affirming” businesses and organizations have purchased booth slots at the festival, but at least 50 nonprofits, artists, and retailers purchased booths in 2022.

During last year’s event, the church had a booth set up where attendees could take pronoun pins and pins with phrases such as “Queer AF,” “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard and I’m like go away I’m gay,” “Don’t make me use my daddy voice,” “Girls will save the world,” “Love has no gender,” and “Love is love.”

It is unclear whether this event will feature sexually charged drag-style performances; however, last year’s pride events across the state included drag performances while allowing children to be in attendance.

With legislation to prohibit children from being exposed to sexually charged performances soon to be signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott, this month will be the last big push for sexualizing children through sexually charged LGBTQ+ performances.

As of publication, Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church did not respond to Texas Scorecard’s request for comment.

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