Washington, D.C., Library Holding ‘Children’s Pride Parade’ For Those ‘0-18’
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The D.C. Public Library system will hold a “Children’s Pride Parade” on Saturday that will be open to ages “0-18,” according to a flier from the event. 

The parade will be a “celebration of diversity and inclusion, particularly the diversity of gender and sexuality,” according to a flier from the library first obtained by The Daily Signal. The event is being hosted by the Georgetown, Palisades, and Tenley branches of the D.C. Public Library. 

“The parade is for LGBTQ kids and families, signaling that their community supports them,” said media relations manager George Williams. “The event does not require registration, so we do not have an estimate of how many people will attend. The program will not include any speakers.”

“The parade is for ALL kids to signal that their community supports them being themselves, regardless of their gender or sexuality,” a notice for the parade says. “One of the parade themes is ‘Be-YOU-tiful!’ For LGBTQ kids, kids who want to be allies, and kids who haven’t figured that all out yet, the parade will signal that their families, school and community joyfully accept their full identity — whatever that may be.  We want this to be an event for every family, not just ones that already know they have members that are LGBTQIA+.”

According to the flier, many kids are “coming out” at younger ages. “A Pride event especially for kids, many of whom are coming out at younger ages,” a section of the flier under “goals” reads. 

It is also described as “an opportunity for local schools and community groups to show they support LGBTQ youth and families.” 


Other events advertised by the library system included a storytime with Chasten Buttigieg for “adults of all ages, parents, and kids” to hear him discuss “his experience coming out and his journey to finding acceptance and self-love; and how to support younger generations.”

The discussion, which took place Thursday evening, focused on the young adult adaptation of his memoir “I Have Something To Tell You,” and was hosted by NPR reporter Ari Shapiro. 

The library system will also be giving out kits to “make a Rainbow Wand to celebrate Pride month!”

The parade comes as children have been increasingly exposed to LGBT content, including at schools, libraries, and in entertainment.

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