Parents in San Diego, California, are outraged by a flyer sent to public school kids to announce the “queerest” Halloween party with a “family-friendly” drag show sponsored by a gay bar and gender reassignment center.
The flyer for the show was mailed to parents of students in the Encinitas Union school district through his email platform.
The event is organized by Trans Family Support Services, a San Diego-based group that helps provide transgender support services to people across the country.
The flyer advertised a “family-friendly drag show” as well as other Halloween events like a costume contest and trick-or-treating.
The school district said the email was sent through PeachJar, a service that offers optional information about other events in the district. It added that the emails stated, “The distribution of this flyer does not imply endorsement by the Encinitas Union School District, its schools, or employees, and is being distributed in accordance with federal and state laws.”
Some parents plan to attend the school district board meeting to protest the event and to denounce a comment by a district employee who called it homophobic.
Attorney Paul Jonna said KGTV-TV that a concerned parent called him and that he requested information from the school district.
“A lot of people aren’t generally comfortable with the idea of forcing drag queen shows on young kids, but other than that, I think the biggest concern with this event is the sponsors,” Jonna said.
“We have filed a public record request to learn more about their involvement, their communications with these sponsors and the nature of this event,” he added.
He added that the event was sponsored by Align Surgical Associates, which advertises offering “gender reaffirmation surgeries for trans women, trans men, non-binary and gender reconciled individuals.” He said Another sponsor, Rich’s San Diego, advertises itself as “San Diego’s largest and most popular gay nightclub”.
Kathie Moehlig, the founder and chief executive officer of Trans Family Support Services, said they would not be canceling the show.
“We will not shy away from doing what we know is right and appropriate to support these young people and their families just because some people think they can use it as their mega piece of conversation get and get attention,” said Moehlig.
Here’s more about the planned drag show:
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