Taylor Tension continues: Protesters crash Pride band movie night, dueling parades still scheduled for next weekend

By | November 24, 2022

TAYLOR, Texas (KXAN) — Taylor Pleasure says protesters stood with “hateful” indicators exterior her household film night time final Saturday. An indication accused the LGBTQ group of “grooming” youngsters.

The group was reportedly made up of members of the Taylor Space Ministerial Alliance (TAMA), an affiliation of native church buildings in Taylor and surrounding areas.

KXAN has contacted representatives of TAMA and has but to obtain a response confirming or denying whether or not the protesters are affiliated with the group.

Denise Rodgers, president of Taylor Pleasure, mentioned in an announcement that these protesters had been with TAMA, and {that a} related group protested a household film night time that includes “Hocus Pocus” final month.

She additionally refuted the declare that the delight group is attempting to “groom” youngsters.

Rodgers mentioned she was saddened by the alleged “harassment” by TAMA, however mentioned the group’s actions didn’t replicate the beliefs of the broader Taylor neighborhood.

“I do not assume the animosity in direction of the LGBTQ neighborhood is rising in Taylor, I believe it is fairly the other! Increasingly more individuals are embracing variety and appearing as nice allies in our neighborhood. This can be a very particular group that has rising animosity towards our neighborhood in Taylor,” Rodgers mentioned in an announcement.

The town of Taylor mentioned a police officer responded to the protest however didn’t intervene. The town additionally mentioned the protest lasted about an hour and ended with out incident or arrest.

Ferocious festivities

Final week, KXAN reported on the division created at Taylor after TAMA modified its entry guidelines for this yr’s parade, basically barring Taylor Pleasure from collaborating.

The church-affiliated group has lengthy hosted the annual parade, however has been criticized for the rule change which specified contestants should align themselves with ‘conventional household values’.

In an effort to incorporate Taylor Pleasure and people unable to rejoice Christmas, the Metropolis of Taylor, which beforehand partnered with TAMA for the annual parade, introduced that it will be internet hosting its personal vacation festivities, together with its personal parade.

Based on a spokesperson for town of Taylor, each parades are nonetheless scheduled for a similar time and place on December 3.

The town mentioned it expects no issues throughout the weekend festivities and police will probably be on website as normal for crowd management and safety.