By Eric Daugherty
May 12, 2022 Updated 8:39 P.M. ET
NAPLES (FLV) – According to a new event promotion flyer, the Naples United Church of Christ will be hosting a “Youth Pride Conference” on May 21st for “LGBTQ youth” aged 12-18.
The event is free and will feature a “drag show” as an “exploration of LGBTQ-related issues facing today’s youth.” The form for children to apply is here. Attendees are asked to enter their pronouns, the name of their school, and free shuttle transportation will be provided to and from Immokalee and Golden Gate Middle Schools.
Florida’s Voice reached out to Collier County Schools on why transportation is being permitted directly from school property to a LGBTQ drag show. When informed of the event organizer’s plans to shuttle students from school property, the district said Collier County public schools may not be used as “transit points for the pickup and drop-off of students for this event.“
“The District was never informed nor contacted about this event. CCPS [Collier County Public Schools] is not a sponsor of the event, which is being held at a private facility. CCPS also neither authorized nor approved the transportation of CCPS students to and from district school sites by the event organizers. Any inference to the contrary is fully rejected by CCPS,” they said.
“To this end, CCPS has spoken with the event organizer and explained that the information on the registration form, and any associated flyer, must be immediately corrected to reflect that CCPS is not a co-sponsor nor will it allow its school sites to be used as transit points for the pickup and drop-off of students for this event.”
The organizers – GLSEN Collier – say that the event is a “one-day conference” that is “created by and for LGBTQ youth seeking to explore LGBTQ-related issues they face today.”
The church is headed by Rev. Dawson B. Taylor, the Senior Minister. Their website says that Dawson became Senior Minister in 2016 and that he holds a B.A. in Political Science.
Last month, Dawson was caught trying to host a gay prom for children at his church.
Dawson describes himself as a “progressive pastor.” In his Twitter bio, he includes “#BLM” in reference to the activist organization involved in mass political rioting in 2020.
The pastor also says that he “stand[s] with Planned Parenthood,” an organization that actively promotes the termination of unborn children’s lives, in contrast to pro-life Christians.
In a February 24, 2022 Tweet, Dawson exclaimed that “We are all Ukraine. We are all Transgender young people.”
“We are all women who need access to healthcare without government interference. Let us pray especially for those oppressed by bullies with power.” His account has garnered backlash from conservatives.
Lucas Miles, author of The Christian Left and well-known Christian personality, told FLV that the Christian church “should be leading the way to protect young minds from explicit materials and behaviors, definitely not approving of them, or God forbid, hosting an inappropriate event that appears to have been planned without the knowledge of parents—or even the school.”
“This isn’t about politics or policy anymore. It’s a battle for retaining basic moral truths and protecting a vulnerable generation of young persons from being groomed and indoctrinated by corrupt thinkers and damaging ideologies,” he continued.
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