Pride Month is in full swing across the state. After a burlesque performance for children in Soldotna last year upset many in the community, the Pride in the Park event returns on June 3, for another year of queer expression, including drag queen performances “for all ages.”
Last year’s performance drew outrage from those who felt it was inappropriate to have burlesque shows that targeted children, which the event did, according to video and photos taken by residents. Parents tried to have the Soldotna City Council set up some guidelines, but the council refused to take action, in spite of an overwhelming number of people who pleaded with the city to establish standards for public park performances.
During last year’s event, one drag queen performer was dressed in a nude-colored pair of leggings, with a thong over it, and a skirt that barely covered his bottom, giving him the appearance of near nudity. Dressed as a woman or pre-teen, he bent over suggestively and shook his thonged bottom at the audience. The drag queen performers drew the children closer to the state.
Watch the segment of the drag queen show on our Facebook link.
The June 3 event appears to be doubling down on drag and other festivities celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexuals, and other forms of sexuality and gender expression. The events start at 11 am.