Pride 'Carnival' Will Not Allow Parents To Attend

Emma Campbell | May 25, 2023
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 An LGBTQ+ pride carnival for youth in Indiana will not allow parents or guardians to attend the five-hour event with their children.

That seems a little odd, doesn't it?

The carnival, hosted by the Indiana Youth Group (IYG) in partnership with Indy Pride, is set to take place June 7 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is only open to “youth.” Parents and guardians are not allowed to attend, but are invited to participate in what the advertisement calls “programming especially for [them] at nearby Trinity Episcopal Church” or to explore the city.

IYG’s website advertises that “entertainment” will be provided, though the type of entertainment is not specified. However, in an event posting on, the description notes that “youth will be pleasantly surprised by a King and Queen drag show.”

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Additionally, though the event is advertised as being for “youth” and parents are barred from attending, adults ages 18-20 can still attend and be considered “youth.”

According to its website, IYG specifically targets LGBTQ+ “youth,” ages 12-24, and “strives to provide safer spaces” for them in the LGBTQ+ community. It offers “family support services” through education programs and “family counseling sessions.”

Moms for Liberty is a group that advocates for parents’ rights. Their founder, Tiffany Justice, told the Daily Signal in an interview that the exclusion of parents from the event is “a red flag.”

 “Why would parents send their kids anywhere they aren’t welcome?” Justice said.

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