Forsyth Technical Community College hosted a Pride Festival on March 22, that boasted drag shows, contraceptives, and lured students in with free food and drinks.
The festival was produced by Forsyth Tech’s Pride Club and was joined by organizations like Prevent Ongoing Spread of STIs Everywhere (POSSE), a program of the Forsyth County Health Department. Ironically, various churches and ministers were invited to this event.
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The college, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has two high schools on the main campus. The Pride Fest was open to all students on campus, including those who were under 18 years old. Fliers for the event were displayed around campus giving details of the festival and the drag performances that would occur.
In an explicit video obtained by Libs of TikTok, one drag queen was seen performing a lap dance for someone reported to be a student, while others cheered and staff looked on and laughed. Some parents were outraged that although faculty members and campus police were present, no one attempted to ensure that underage students were prevented from participating in the drag event. Forsyth Tech maintained that faculty, staff and campus police were there to “make sure that this was a safe event for our students.”
In a statement to Libs of Tik Tok, Forsyth Tech made no effort to apologize for the inclusion of underage teenagers: “Forsyth Tech is committed to being a place of promise for our students. In order to fulfill that promise, we have clearly spelled out our mission, vision and equity statements,” it read. The spokesperson also confirmed that this event was open to all students on campus, including high school students: “These students, like all college students, are open to attend any student event.”