Over 30,000 people have signed a petition denouncing the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, as the upcoming event will feature both transgender and nonbinary performers in its lineup.
"The non-binary and transgender extravaganza on display this Thanksgiving will be brought to you by Macy's during their annually sponsored Thanksgiving Day Parade," the petition, launched by One Million Moms, reads.
The petition argues that the parade will push "the liberal LGBTQ agenda" to this audience, whether they are watching in-person or on television, CBN News.
"Shame on Macy's for promoting and sponsoring this type of entertainment. We still cannot trust Macy's Dept. Store. It is clear that Macy's does not have our children's best interests in mind. Macy's needs to know that trust must be earned and once trust is lost, it is difficult to get back," the group states.
Among the performances in the parade will be from two Broadway musicals, & Juliet and Shucked, both of which feature transgender and non-binary performers in major roles.
Justin David Sullivan, who stars as "May," personally identifies as non-binary. His character in & Juliet is also non-binary.
Also performing in the parade is Alex Newell, a biological male who also identifies as non-binary. Earlier this year, Newell won a Tony Award for his performance in Shucked, playing the female role of Lulu.
"Newell, who uses all pronouns (he/she/they), has worn women's clothes in recent public appearances and dressed in a shimmering, gold ball gown for the Tonys," the petition stated.
"We believe that our children deserve to be protected from vulgar and sexually explicit materials. The fact that even our national holidays, like Thanksgiving, are sexualized is absurd and an absolute disgrace. As concerned citizens, we must speak up and take action to protect the next generation," Karen England, President of Capitol Resource Institute, said in a statement.
The Macy's Day Parade first launched in 1924 and has been watched by more than 50 million viewers and more than 3 million attendees.
"We're all about tolerance and inclusivity, and what that means is that it shouldn't be corporate brands that are waging propaganda on our children," Kristen Waggoner, president of the Alliance Defending Freedom, said Tuesday on "Fox & Friends."
Waggoner noted that transgender ideology is spreading across different facets of society and culture.
"Right now, we're seeing in the entertainment industry at Disney's hands, as well as even in our school system, we're seeing propaganda being waged that plays out in secret transitions that are being facilitated without parents' knowledge. We're seeing curricula and books that are being used in classrooms designed to confuse children about who they are and who God created them to be… it's an issue of parents saying, 'We're here to parent.' And this ideology isn't just existing in a theory or a vacuum; it's playing out on the ground, so it's very destructive," she said.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.
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