Image Credit: Patriots Engage – Chattanooga / Facebook
The Tennessee Conservative [By Paula Gomes] –
According to Ashley Kaye, who runs The Unsilent Patriot page on Instagram, “Chattanooga patriots came together on very short notice to stand up and protect the children with a peaceful protest” at The Seed Theatre’s “Chilinooga” event that included an “all ages” drag show.
In a Facebook reel, Kaye said, “Thank you to everyone who came out. The fight is FAR from over. The Seed Theatre has another “all-ages” drag show planned for November 13th, and we will be there. We the People of Chattanooga will not stand back silently and allow children to be exposed to provocative adult dancing shows. We will keep pressure on our local businesses who are allowing this as well as our elected officials and law enforcement. Attempts to intimidate us, lie on us, or silence us WILL NOT WORK. We have God on our side. Patriots, RISE UP!!”
Patriots Engage – Chattanooga (PE-C) reported that Chattanooga Police showed up at the theatre to protect eventgoers from the 30+ peaceful protestors in attendance.
The Seed Theatre’s website which operates under the umbrella of B4CK – an organization dedicated to providing chest binders to girls wanting to pass as boys – provides Federal COPPA (Children Online Privacy and Protection Act) safeguards to protect children online but according to PE-C “the physical facility does the exact opposite.”
PE-C says that B4CK is not registered as a charitable organization with the Tennessee Secretary of State yet they accept donations. PE-C has reached out to the Tennessee Department of Revenue and the IRS about the group.
According to the theater’s website, all proceeds from Seed Theatre activities go directly to B4CK and their mission.
One of the judges for the Chilinooga event is a Chattanooga woman who goes by Angela Yvonne on Facebook, and is a member of Moms for Social Justice Chattanooga, and a regular attendee of Hamilton County school board meetings where she frequently takes to the lectern.
According to the Hamilton County chapter of Moms for Liberty, Moms for Social Justice installed classroom libraries in 15 schools within the district beginning in 2018. The project was funded by a local philanthropic organization called the Osborne Group that donated $20,000 to Moms for Social Justice.
In their own words, they “worked with experts in our community to finely tune a diverse and inclusive reading list, according to student population and grade level.” This led to the group stocking the shelves of the classroom libraries with books that had “protagonists of color, authors of color, women led, LGBT titles, you name it.”
Ashley Kaye says she is concerned about the agenda “being pushed on children” at The Seed Theatre. “I am also concerned that they are partnering with groups such as Moms for Social Justice who have put books about LGBT, Trans, CRT, and other topics in Hamilton County, TN schools,” says Kaye. “Please share your concerns with local elected officials and law enforcement.”
Concerned Chattanoogans who reached out to Mayor Weston Wamp over the weekend say they have not received a response.
About the Author: Paula Gomes is a Tennessee resident and reporter for The Tennessee Conservative. You can reach Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org.