Idaho bank pulls sponsorship of Boise Pride after realizing programming targets children

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A major sponsor of Boise, Idaho’s upcoming Pride festival has pulled out just a few days ahead of the weekend festivities, saying that they cannot support the sexualization of kids. Zions Bank has pulled its support for the Pride festival after realizing that children would be featured as drag performers at the event.

Zions Bank wrote that despite their support of the Pride festival in the past, and their interest in supporting their LGBTQ employees, they were unaware, when they committed to sponsor the Pride event, that the event was featuring children and minors. “Since learning of these specific activities,” they wrote, “we have made the decision to withdraw our participation in this year’s Boise Pride event.”

The Boise Pride festival offers multiple programming opportunities for children, and that feature children. These include afternoon drag shows, as well we a Drag Story Time, and an event called Drag Kids.

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