NYC Pride accused of being a ‘celebration of paedophilia’ for putting 10-year-old ‘drag kid’ in campaign

New York City Pride organisers have been accused of making the event a “celebration of paedophilia” for putting a 10-year-old “drag kid” at the front and centre of its advertising campaign.

Desmond Napoles, known better as ‘Desmond is Amazing’, is part of the ‘Defiantly Different’ 2018 Pride.

Speaking in the campaign ad, the youngster explains that he identifies as an “androgynous drag kid” who knows he is “different”.

“I am very young and doing drag at a very young age.


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“It makes me feel amazing. It gives me courage and also gives other people courage to do what they want,” he says in the ad.

But anti-LGBT activists have targeted Pride over Desmond’s love for drag and confidence in performing.

Michelle Cretella, president of the anti-LGBT conservative lobbying group the American College of Paediatricians, has said that the Pride event would be a “celebration of paedophilia” is it allows young children to perform.

“As a paediatrician, I will go one step farther and say that the parents of these children and others promoting this are guilty of paedophilic grooming

“Our culture is morally blind and has suppressed the scientific facts about homosexuality and transgenderism,” she told CBN.

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