Footage of the event was shared to social media, and backlash ensued, with many questioning why children were made to participate in Pride celebrations. The inclusion of the drag queen also sparked criticism.
"PRIDE, LOVE & ACCEPTANCE reigned supreme @StMattsTigers during our #PrideDay celebrations," teacher Colin Barry wrote on Twitter, sharing photos and videos of the festivities.
In the footage, children can be seen running through a giant rainbow in the main hallway followed by adults waving Pride flags. During the drag queen's performance, the students sing along as he struts across the stage belting out lyrics from popular pride-inducing songs.
Following the show, the drag queen left the stage and mingled with students as they danced in the gymnasium, stopping to talk with some of the kids.
"Is this an ad for homeschooling?" one user responded.
Another called the whole spectacle "DISGUSTING," adding that "it's perverse to push this on children."
A third user, himself a member of the LGBTQ community, slammed the school over its decision to host the event.
"Hi. Gay man here," he wrote. "This isn't for kids. You're doing more harm to gay men and women than good."
Following the event, staff posed with the drag queen, with the vast majority also sporting rainbow-colored apparel and accessories.
While some opted to stay quiet, many members of the school's staff publicly voiced support for the event. Cindy Warren, a teaching and learning assistant, said it made her "Proud to be a Tiger." Another teacher called it a "beautiful celebration."
Following backlash, St. Matthew's protected its Twitter account, hiding tweets from anyone who wasn't an "approved follower."
The Post Millennial has reached out to St. Matthew's for comment.
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