Citizens in Mobile are speaking out against an event planned for June 9 that includes a public drag show.

LoDa ArtWalk, a monthly event sponsored by the city of Mobile’s Parks & Recreations department, the Mobile Arts Council and other partners, is celebrating Pride Month for its June show. The event includes art, music, photo-ops and crafts. There will also be a Kids Zone established. However, many in the community are concerned that a drag show out in the open could be inappropriate for children who could be exposed.

“How can a drag queen show be available to our children?” asked concerned citizen Cathy Odom. “We don’t want our children going to X-rated movies or watching porn.”

Odom spoke to the Mobile City Council Tuesday morning.

(Odom at 42:15 in video below)

"I am retired, beholden to no big corporation, just God, country and family," she stated. "Mama said to have courage to speak up if something is wrong. Well, here I am."

Odom said she previously spoke out about concerns with Rainbow Pride and Prism United showing movies in the park. She said she does not want to see children in Mobile being groomed at public events.

"These organizations are parts of the human rights campaign, which supports dismantling our society, destroying our culture and family unit," she added.

Recently, video of a Birmingham drag show was circulated online. It showed scantily dressed men who sometimes made suggestive moves toward the crowd. There are also videos of children placing dollar bills in the underwear of some of the drag queens. That is why citizens are now sounding the alarm on public events.

"How about an inside venue for an adult crowd who may agree with this LGBTQ lifestyle and why don't we rate them like the movies?" Odom suggested. "I do not want my grandchildren exposed to this. We are not the woke city that these events portray, nor do we want to be. This is taking DEI to the limit, inclusion on steroids. Are we trying to improve our ESG scores to get more federal money or to get a better interest rate on our loans?"

The event is being held at Cathedral Square, a municipal park. The park is in front of the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, which was built in 1711.

"Ironic that this is in front of our Catholic cathedral which backs all our Judeo-Christian principals upon which this country was founded," said Odom. "… Be the leaders you should be. You were elected by Mobilians. Do what the people in Mobile are asking you to do. It starts here if we're to take our country back. And folks, we've lost our country if we don't speak up."

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