Jackson Pride to Hold All-Ages Drag Show

After a similar show embroiled Chattanooga Pride in controversy, Jackson Pride is set to host an all-ages drag show as part of its annual pride week celebration.

“This event aims to bring the LGBTQIA+ population together, including communities within this community. Funds raised at the Jackson Pride Event will allow us to continue to expand and grow our mission of supporting diversity through awareness,” said Darren Lykes, a Jackson Pride Board Member. “We are thankful to all of the sponsors and volunteers who, without their support, we would not be able to make the event possible.”

Those sponsors include Starbucks, the city of Jackson itself, and many local businesses.

The event will be held on Oct. 9.

“Jackson Pride will begin at 11 a.m. and include activities for all ages including musical performances by Avon Park, Emily McGill, Herz, Hunter Cross, Will Burton, and entertainment from DJ G Billa Productions. Exhibit booths from various vendors and food trucks will also be part of the festivities,” says a press release from the organization. “The day will conclude with a family-friendly Drag Show, featuring some of the regions [sic[ most talented performers. A one-dollar donation is requested for admission to the event.”

The show has made waves in Tennessee, and a member of the general assembly hopes to have it shut down.

State Representative Chris Todd (R-Jackson) filed an injunction against the city of Jackson in order to stop the event from occurring.

“The Plaintiffs, by and through counsel, file this Complaint against the City of Jackson, Tennessee for an Order permanently enjoining the Defendant from permitting the use of Defendant’s property known as the Carl Perkins Civic Center from being utilized for the purposes of hosting female impersonators in contrivance of Tennessee law,” according to the injunction.

The lawmaker and others who have joined him as plaintiffs say that Jackson Pride is breaking T.C.A. § 7-51-1407, which bars opening an “adult cabaret” within 1,000 feet of a church.

Chattanooga Pride recently held an all-ages drag show that ended in national outrage.

At the event, which was held at Waterling Brewing Company, a child touched the groin of a woman dressed as a mermaid who was not officially part of the drag show.

The event elicited such a strong response that a private group in Hamilton County, called Hamilton County Conservatives, is petitioning the Tennessee General Assembly to ban all child-friendly drag shows.

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Pete D’Abrosca is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].




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6 Thoughts to “Jackson Pride to Hold All-Ages Drag Show”

  1. Jeannie Walls

    First off let me say as a PROUD LESBIAN that I do not go around and flaunt my sexuality..I do not damed anyone for there beliefs so what gives ANYONE the right to judge someone else’s life. Second of all DO NOT CALL ME BROKEN CAUSE THAT I…AM NOT..IF I CHOOSE TO DISCRIMINATE against your beliefs then I would expect this kinda remarks but if you are not able to be JUDGED..Then DINT JUDGE ANYONE ELSE…

    1. Steve Allen

      Ms. Walls, It’s your right to be who you want to be and I believe most readers will agree. IMO if the Lord meant humanity to be homosexual we would reproduce asexually. But, I will take strong acceptation to your position if you believe children should be exposed to “drag queen’ exhibitions and especially “gender reassignment” therapy. That is truly the depths of immorality. It’s hard enough for children and teens growing up right now, but to intentionally expose them to this kind of behavior is inexcusable! Good will triumph on evil.

  2. AWM

    I would like to know why the city of Jackson is supporting this event. Surely there are better ways for the city to spend the “tax payers” money.

  3. laurie kelley

    The point of the drag shows is to:
    – sexualize and groom children
    – mainstream their degeneracy
    – piss off conservatives, and
    – represent women as an obscene caricature

    Any protest of these “shows” should use mockery to make its point.

  4. Randy

    Let the LGBTQiA+MNOPMICKEYMOUSE club drag the rest of the alphabet into their derangement. About as many people will care about this as they did the new Hollywood movie flop about this lifestyle choice. These people want everyone to be as broken as they are. Stop giving them any attention.

    1. jorge

      Well said, Randy.