Christmas parade dominates public comments

An overflow crowd of over 60 people crowded into Bellefontaine city council chambers last night, most speaking in favor of the drag queen that was in the 2022 Hometown Christmas parade in Bellefontaine last year.

Prior to the public comments, the council tackled a light agenda. City Safety/Service Director Wes Dodds informed the council that interviews for the third firefighter that will be hired from the SAFER Grant are wrapping up and a new list of candidates should be put together in the near future. He also said that the Logan County Land Bank has opened bids for the demolition projects that will be moving forward later this year. Once the bids are received, one will be selected and the demolition work will commence.

In anticipation of the winter storm that is headed the city’s way, Dodds informed council and the guests assembled that the city crews will focus on plowing primary streets first and residential streets as they are able.

City Law Director Josh Stolly informed council that there has been an application made to annex property on Ludlow Road near the middle school. He recommended that council set a date for a public hearing for that proposed annexation. The hearing is set for February 28th at 7:00 PM.

Bellefontaine Police Chief Brandon Standley told council that the 11th Citizens Police Academy will be held soon. This year, 21 residents are taking the training. He also said that testing for recruits is ongoing, and hopes to have a certified list to hire from in the near future.

One resolution was adopted that would authorize the city to enter into a Community Reinvestment Area agreement with Bellefontaine Hospitality LLC for the proposed hotel near the US 68 and 33 interchange in north Bellefontaine.

After the legislative portion of the meeting, several area residents addressed the council. In total, 17 persons spoke to council, with only one speaking out against the float in the Christmas parade. The 16 that spoke in favor of the float asked the council to refrain from passing legislation that would prevent similar floats in future parades and events.

Council will next meet on Tuesday, February 14th at 7:30 PM.

120 comments
  1. Joe
    Joe
    January 24, 2023 at 10:18 pm

    Every parent has the absolute right to subject their children to adult entertainment..and I have a hard time writing that. What parents in good conscience wants their kids to see a grown man dressed like a woman dancing seductively? Coupled with a man, gyrating on a floor of a local business swinging from the rafters. I personally feel that a Christmas parade is the absolute time to make parents and others aware of the adult entertainment that will be in the parade. It is a Family event, one that I will no longer bring my children too. The parent/parents have the right to be aware of what their child will be exposed to. Wake up Bellefontaine and the Church!

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    • Cya
      Cya
      January 24, 2023 at 11:00 pm

      Your attendance at the next parade won’t be missed.

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    • None
      None
      January 24, 2023 at 11:09 pm

      no one actually cares what you have to say to it’s honestly irrelevant

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      • Tony
        Tony
        January 25, 2023 at 11:42 am

        And somehow you think someone cares what you are blurting out…interesting

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      • Doug
        Doug
        January 25, 2023 at 4:34 pm

        I believe it was inappropriate and uncalled for at a Christmas parade doesn’t matter
        what the individuals s**ual preference is or what their race might be some don’t care to see or hear about the alternate lifestyle some don’t care to see or hear about Christianity or anything about God but regardless of our opinions or ideals we are all people we have the ability to see past our indifference and disagreement and act and speak to each other respectfully just because we don’t see eye to eye doesn’t mean we have to treat each other like enemies all humanity have the ability to extend friendship and grace towards one another and Christmas is or used to be about the birth of Christ even if December 25 is not the correct date of his birth that has been the chosen date to celebrate it
        Peace,Love,prayers

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    • Testament
      Testament
      January 25, 2023 at 5:28 am

      Yeah we have seen what the churches have been preaching the Old Testament hate and revenge! WWJD sure he would still be wandering the world preaching love and acceptance.

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      • April
        April
        January 26, 2023 at 11:29 am

        If a man and a women or two teens were in the parade, on a float, making out, petting, what ever you want to call it, it would nt shut down and they would be told to get off. I have no issues with drag queen on a float,anyone can dress as they please in my opinion, however the “sexually actions”……not the time or the place. It should have been stopped.

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      • Nunya
        Nunya
        January 26, 2023 at 12:41 pm

        Love and acceptance of the human, not of their sin or dysphoria. Jesus loved people but also said “go and sin no more”

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    • Sky
      Sky
      January 25, 2023 at 8:32 am

      Listen Joe, if you got turned on by a guy it doesn’t mean your children will🤷🏼‍♀️it’s okay Blonde Vanity is gorgeous I get it. Please understand that the most people in drag are completely covered in a body suit so your objection to “adult entertainment” Is unwarranted. Your children see more skin watching tv than what they saw at the parade.
      You said it perfectly this is for families and that means ALL FAMILIES, which means it is also for the families that don’t fit into your cookie cutter ideation of family.
      Take a seat and realize this is progress. We refuse to be stuck in the dark ages with you any longer. Tootles

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      • reply to sky
        reply to sky
        January 26, 2023 at 10:24 pm

        typical left wing g** lobby tactic. You don’t like what the person is saying so you accuse him/her of being g** or being turned on by g** displays.

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      • Godless reprobates
        Godless reprobates
        January 27, 2023 at 4:32 pm

        Making a sharp turn from stupid to evil.

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      • Godless reprobates
        Godless reprobates
        January 27, 2023 at 6:56 pm

        Purposely targeting children so as to make s**ual perversion acceptable through repeated exposure

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    • Rachel Thompson
      Rachel Thompson
      January 25, 2023 at 10:49 am

      Have you been to one of the drag shows?? You seem to know everything that happens at them lol Why does the Church need woken up? Is the subject talked about a debate on if you should take your child to a drag show? I thought it was just about a bunch of uneducated people not liking a “man” dressed as a woman sitting on a jet skit anywhere near their Christmas parade..

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    • Grow Up
      Grow Up
      January 25, 2023 at 11:34 am

      And yet parents subject their kids to grown adults dressed like “santa’ or the “easter bunny”. They see adult males dressed up like pretend GI Joes. So, I’d say parents are pretty comfortable with dressing up. Additionally, s*x abuse in the church is pretty common. Sounds like children really aren’t safe their. I’d trust a drag queen with my children before I’d trust anyone at the church.

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      • Carolyn
        Carolyn
        January 25, 2023 at 11:51 am

        I second this! My kids absolutely love all the queens and they don’t even know the word drag. They just see fun, colorful, and kind performers. The only threat we face by exposing my kids to drag is that a straight white (probably Christian) man might show up with a gun. Who’s really traumatizing the kids here?? Hint, it’s not the drag queens!

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        • you gotta laugh
          you gotta laugh
          January 26, 2023 at 10:33 pm

          Mimes seem to always show up when you aren’t expecting them, to annoy you. Same with drag queens. I was on vacation once when a mime showed up. The annoyed crowd around me walked away. He sat down on a park bench and took off his beret and white gloves. I asked him why mimes never announced when they’d be having a show. Forgetting his mime routine, he sadly related ,”Because no one would show up”. Same things with drag queens in Christmas shows. That’s why we weren’t told ahead of time. But I have an idea… what if they opened an adult entertainment center where people who actually WANT to see a drag queen could go? And what if they called it the Olive Tree? And what if, because the Olive Branch is a symbol of peace, they didn’t seek to divide and cause conflict in our community. And they could even serve alcohol to make the whole thing more palatable.

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        • Godless reprobates
          Godless reprobates
          January 28, 2023 at 2:17 am

          Could someone please define “kid-friendly drag show”?

          Kind of like “non-addictive first taste of heroin”…

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      • you gotta laugh
        you gotta laugh
        January 26, 2023 at 10:26 pm

        If Santa started delivering fish net stockings and bouffant wigs to little boys in Bellefontaine, he’d be banned from next year’s Christmas parade too. 🙂

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    • You lie like a rug joe
      You lie like a rug joe
      January 25, 2023 at 12:02 pm

      @joe stop making stuff up she did not dance seductively….your kids only knew she was a drag queen because you told them she was!

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    • drag exposure
      drag exposure
      January 27, 2023 at 7:55 am

      google it: ” Drag Queen Slams Woke Culture” It is a drag queen explaining why exposing your children to drag is a really stupid thing to do.

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  2. CommonSense
    CommonSense
    January 24, 2023 at 11:13 pm

    So sixteen people in Logan County out of approximately 50,000 residents supported that float. The next council meeting may have hundreds of citizens against it.

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    • NotSoCommonSense
      NotSoCommonSense
      January 24, 2023 at 11:23 pm

      Only 16 people spoke out of the DOZENS that were there. Nice try though.

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      • Victoria Maddox
        Victoria Maddox
        January 24, 2023 at 11:28 pm

        I was there the dozens that were there were in support and just didn’t want to make public comments.

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        • Sandra
          Sandra
          January 25, 2023 at 10:05 am

          Maybe they were against it & just didn’t want to speak publicly. Goes both ways. I wasn’t there, but I don’t support it.

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          • Marshall Blair Hildreth
            Marshall Blair Hildreth
            January 25, 2023 at 10:14 am

            We know where they stood on the subject, seeing as how they marched there in solidarity! Peaceful protest, some people should try it!

    • Testament
      Testament
      January 25, 2023 at 5:30 am

      Your off a few thousand must of rounded up . Pretty sure there’s a lot of as you say straight people that will stand with the LGBTQ community

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      • Rachel Thompson
        Rachel Thompson
        January 25, 2023 at 10:54 am

        Im straight and i support the LGBTQ+ community. I also support your right to be an a**hole, but dont go after other people just because you dont agree with what they like. I dont personally like Bible Thumpers that try to shove their religion down my throat but i dont have a problem with you believing in it. Thats your right.

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        • reply to rachel
          reply to rachel
          January 26, 2023 at 10:37 pm

          But its OK for a drag queen to shove their religion down everyone else’s throats by surprising parents who just wanted a fun occasion to spend time with their kids at Christmas. Aggressive ambush. Thought the olive branch is supposed to be about peace.

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    • me again
      me again
      January 25, 2023 at 7:50 am

      you do know you have to be a resident of bellefontaine to vote on Mayor and council people, right?

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      • Larry
        Larry
        January 25, 2023 at 5:12 pm

        No one should judge anyone . The lord will do that it’s called free will and the lord gave that to us and the lord loves us all but it doesn’t mean he likes the sin . People miss understand. the lord loves g** who ever but it is a sin so the Bible is very clear on what. these guys are talking about I’m not the judge . The lord never changes remember that . Man does we think we can do it ourself but we can’t you see that I hope.

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        • Nunya
          Nunya
          January 26, 2023 at 12:44 pm

          Larry, the bible does not say not to judge. It says do not judge hypocritically. We are to discern behaviors also.

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          • reply to nunya
            reply to nunya
            January 26, 2023 at 10:40 pm

            Nunya’s got that right. Read the “do not judge” quote in context.

  3. CommonSense
    CommonSense
    January 24, 2023 at 11:55 pm

    You obviously missed my point.
    Nice try though.

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  4. You Nasty!
    You Nasty!
    January 25, 2023 at 5:36 am

    Just plain Nasty🤢. Like my kids want to see a man dressed like a woman??and btw you look r*****ed even the kids laugh at you like why is he dressed like that??? They even know it makes no sense. I honestly don’t care if it’s 2023 this Gay,lesbian, transgender, Non-binary ect…..stuff your trying to shove down people’s throats is absolutely disgusting,nasty ,filthy animalish ,sick and perverted. You think having that nastiness in a parade with 100’s of children there is okay??? Way to go Bellefontaine way to go!

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    • Testament
      Testament
      January 25, 2023 at 5:51 am

      Yo Nasty I’ve seen worse acts coming from straight people matter of fact your the nastiest shoving things down peoples throat seriously .

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    • Testament
      Testament
      January 25, 2023 at 5:53 am

      Yo Nasty I’ve seen worse acts coming from straight people matter of fact your the nastiest shoving things down peoples throat seriously

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    • Sky
      Sky
      January 25, 2023 at 8:41 am

      Sure and the hate you’re shoving down peoples throat is just so much better right?
      You’re telling multiple groups of people they don’t have the right to exist because you don’t like it. Boo-hoo, who are you? Why do you think you are so important? What make your life more valuable than theirs?
      ABSOLUTELY NOTHING so come down off your high horse and get over yourself
      There’s a lot of things in this world I don’t like, but I’m not ignorant enough to think that just because I don’t like something the whole world should change to make me happy 🤣 didn’t your parents raise you to “do on to others as you yourself want to be treated” guess not, such a shame

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    • REALITY CHECK
      REALITY CHECK
      January 25, 2023 at 9:01 am

      @You Nasty!
      You di realize the parade is a public event? Don’t worry your children won’t be violated. It’s not a church.

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    • Marshall Blair Hildreth
      Marshall Blair Hildreth
      January 25, 2023 at 10:17 am

      Hope to see you at Bible study! Sounds like you need it!

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    • Rachel Thompson
      Rachel Thompson
      January 25, 2023 at 10:56 am

      Look at you hiding behind your keyboard… Bet you look real classy too. Im laughing at you right now too. Youre sitting here trying to shove your opinion down everyones throat also so what makes you better? You are Nasty as you say it lol

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    • Tired of people like you!
      Tired of people like you!
      January 25, 2023 at 11:52 am

      Please move away then, your bigot ignorance is not welcome in this town! Your children only knew she was a drag queen because you told them! YOU corrupted your own child’s innocence for your own personal agenda good job!

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    • Tired of it
      Tired of it
      January 25, 2023 at 12:21 pm

      I agree 100%

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    • tired of this bigot town
      tired of this bigot town
      January 25, 2023 at 4:00 pm

      it was litteraly a drag queen sitting on a jet ski not even dancing or nothing its not really that deep

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    • You are a
      You are a
      January 26, 2023 at 3:56 pm

      Bigot

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      • Me again
        Me again
        January 26, 2023 at 3:57 pm

        To kristen

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        • Me again
          Me again
          January 26, 2023 at 3:58 pm

          I mean for You Nasty!

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  5. Kristen
    Kristen
    January 25, 2023 at 7:26 am

    I’m so proud of all of the people that came out to support the LGBTQ+ community and to stand for the right to have visibility and inclusion in the town! I dare you to actually listen to the speeches made at the city council meeting. It’s on YouTube under Bellefontaine City Council Meeting, January 24th. No one is trying to shove anything down anyone’s throat. Human to human, we all deserve respect and the same opportunities as everyone else. Hate is created out of ignorance. Until you are personally effected by someone who is LGBTQ+ and you actually feel the pain and hurt we go through just to be ourselves, you will continue cause harm. Choose love!

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    • Larry
      Larry
      January 25, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      I look at it like this . The lord gave everyone free will . He loves everyone g** straight what ever.but you have to remember he loves but he hates the sin he destroyed entire city’s because of the same thing you are talking about so I don’t have to say anything the word said it for me. The lord never changes man does just remember that

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      • Raven Two Moon
        Raven Two Moon
        January 26, 2023 at 3:45 pm

        Soddom and Gomorrah were not destroyed because the men were h***sexuals…. instead they were straight men who wanted to r*** and show d********* toward Lot’s guest.
        The towns were destroyed because they did not help the needy and because of its inhospitality toward strangers. Ezekiel 16:48-50

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    • reply to Kristen
      reply to Kristen
      January 26, 2023 at 10:47 pm

      I agree. You should listen to the speeches… especially the first one from former councilwoman Diane Hager. It was the only speech that actually addressed the issue. A drag queen, without the public’s knowledge ambushing parents and children at a Christmas parade. The other respondents were so busy detailing their “victim-hood” and turning a city council meeting into a drag queen clown show (all four from the Columbus area) that they were blind to the real victims here… the innocent citizens of Bellefontaine.

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  6. Angel
    Angel
    January 25, 2023 at 8:06 am

    It’s today’s world so get use to it

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    • Godless reprobates
      Godless reprobates
      January 27, 2023 at 4:06 pm

      And some people wonder why some kids are so messed up at such a young age.

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  7. Jeff Cummins
    Jeff Cummins
    January 25, 2023 at 8:12 am

    Attorney Dennis Day Lager came to Logan County over 40 years ago. Attorney Lager has moved up in the WOKE agenda of the Democrat Party. He gives acting lessons to President Biden. Also, George Soros is a client of Attorney Lager and Soros bought Lager a new plastic surgery face. Does Mrs. Soros provide Dennis with stem cell youth injections at her clinic? Attorney Lager looks like a 50 years old distinguished lawyer. Perhaps Attorney Dennis Day Lager would return to Logan County as Master of Cermonies at the Drag Queen Contest next year? This comment is my opinion. Totally my opinion.

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    • Testament
      Testament
      January 25, 2023 at 9:27 am

      Jeff Cummins your post never make much sense but I see your always bringing politics into it . LGBTQ have the same rights as you . It would be nice if you would quit voicing your opinion about George Soro’s and Biden and even your slandering of an attorney now you have your first amendment use it wisely you seem to like to get close to crossing the line .

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    • Raven Two Moon
      Raven Two Moon
      January 26, 2023 at 3:25 pm

      Curious, but what does; “woke” mean to you?

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  8. City Resident
    City Resident
    January 25, 2023 at 8:43 am

    Each side has their own month, stop intruding on Christmas and others beliefs just because its not your own! You preach about rights but want to strip others of theirs that don’t fit your agenda! I guess we’ll all just dress up as Jesus and hand out pamphlets at the next g** parade!

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    • Marshall Blair Hildreth
      Marshall Blair Hildreth
      January 25, 2023 at 10:25 am

      So people have “assigned” months? I thought you could be yourself year round!?
      Dress up as whatever you like and hand out whatever pamphlet you like, as long as you do it peacefully and respectfully. Gay people are Christians also, and those that aren’t know they don’t have to read your pamphlet!

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    • Rachel Thompson
      Rachel Thompson
      January 25, 2023 at 11:00 am

      What rights are they stripping from you?? Im very confused by that statement. A man dressing as a woman doesnt fit your religious views but thats ok right? Introducing religion into politics strips me of my rights but thats not up for discussion right?

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    • @city resident
      @city resident
      January 25, 2023 at 11:59 am

      @city resident….. Lol you do know Christmas is actually a pagan holiday, right? Jesus wasn’t born on Christmas and having a Christmas tree is frowned upon in the Bible…..good gravy 🤣🤣🤣 Also people already show up to pride and pass out religious pamphlets every year at pride! Not to mention h***sexuality was added to the Bible in 1946 to replace a word for pedophilia, but if you actually used your noggin you would research stuff you base your entire life around 🤷🏼‍♀️

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    • Tired of it
      Tired of it
      January 25, 2023 at 12:23 pm

      Yes

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  9. Testament
    Testament
    January 25, 2023 at 8:54 am

    Jeff Cummins you don’t make a bit of sense but I can sure see a loser when I read your posts

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  10. Me
    Me
    January 25, 2023 at 9:00 am

    Christmas is about the birth of Jesus not drag queens. God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve.

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    • Testament
      Testament
      January 25, 2023 at 9:19 am

      Me so where does Santa Clause fit in the Christmas parade for which is about Jesus birth ?

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    • Just Saying
      Just Saying
      January 25, 2023 at 9:49 am

      I saw Santa.

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      • you gotta laugh
        you gotta laugh
        January 26, 2023 at 10:51 pm

        I saw Santa too. And the Grinch Who Tried to Steal Christmas. He was the guy in the plaid jacket, Santa Claus hat and the teddy bear grin walking behind the drag queen. They claim he owns a g** bar here in town. 🙂

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    • The More You Know
      The More You Know
      January 25, 2023 at 11:05 am

      Hate to break it to you but Jesus was born in summer. Early Christians moved his birthday to correlate with the winter solstice and Yule celebrations in order to convert pagans into their faith. In fact most of the “Christmas” celebrations are b******ized versions of Yule traditions.

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    • tired of this bigot town
      tired of this bigot town
      January 25, 2023 at 4:02 pm

      putting up a christmas tree and giving gifts is also frowned upon in the bible so i hope you didnt put one up

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    • Jas
      Jas
      January 25, 2023 at 8:04 pm

      Man someone can’t have an original thought

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  11. Nobody cares
    Nobody cares
    January 25, 2023 at 9:09 am

    Let people be who they are. Grow up and quit crying because you don’t agree with them. self centered entitled swine.

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  12. Lee
    Lee
    January 25, 2023 at 9:42 am

    God must be saddened and enraged at the depths to which mankind has sunk. The end is near, thankfully.

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    • Jane
      Jane
      January 25, 2023 at 11:24 am

      AMEN and AMEN! Thank you Lee!

      Reply
  13. Stefanie
    Stefanie
    January 25, 2023 at 10:07 am

    So proud to be part of the progressive and historical steps towards LGBTQIA+ rights and freedoms in Logan County! I love being a resident of Bellefontaine and as you nay-sayers can see… we aren’t going anywhere and you won’t scare us into hiding anymore! 🙂

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  14. Bob
    Bob
    January 25, 2023 at 10:32 am

    Like this is something new!

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  15. Sunflower
    Sunflower
    January 25, 2023 at 11:40 am

    Who cares what you think any of you think Parentseither be Parentsor let theirchildrenbecame victimsor worst. Up to the parentsnot folks like us. So move on because it’s seems they want to groom our babies and this communitydon’tcare. If you don’twant to see it go to other parades that isabout Christianvaluesnot WOKE VALUES

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  16. Jon
    Jon
    January 25, 2023 at 12:23 pm

    Wow. Bunch of sick MFrs promoting this garbage.

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  17. Tired of it
    Tired of it
    January 25, 2023 at 12:23 pm

    I agree 100% it’s disgusting

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  18. Concerned Parent
    Concerned Parent
    January 25, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    I don’t agree with having a drag queen in the Christmas parade. It’s a family event. Whoever let this happen knew there would be an uproar. It’s a hot topic right now and they knew what they were doing. It should’ve been announced that a drag queen was going to be there. That way parents are aware and can make the decision for themselves. People know that churches and Santa are going to be involved. It’s the Christmas season. But to suddenly throw something like this in (at least for me) is an unwelcomed surprise.

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    • reply to concerned
      reply to concerned
      January 26, 2023 at 10:57 pm

      The chamber of commerce was apparently in charge of the parade. Ben Vollrath, I understand did not realize that there would be a drag queen in the parade. I’m certain if he had, he would not have allowed it. Somehow he/she snuck in despite city code that allows the city to regulate adult entertainment businesses where a man impersonates a woman.

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  19. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    January 25, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    The biggest danger to taking your child to a drag show is that a Christian might show up with a gun!

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    • Legend
      Legend
      January 25, 2023 at 2:43 pm

      Or a liberal driving an SUV through…..

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  20. Amanda H
    Amanda H
    January 25, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    I sure hope none of the h***phobes that are up in arms about the Bellefontaine Christmas Parade have ever watched White Christmas, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Longest Yard, ANY of the Madea movies, Big Momma’s House, The Nutty Professor, White Chicks, The Hot Chick, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mulan, Some Like It Hot, The Birdcage, Tootsie, MASH, etc…

    Drag is art. It has absolutely nothing to do with s**.

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    • Carolyn
      Carolyn
      January 25, 2023 at 2:01 pm

      Yes! Saying drag is s**ual is like saying movies or music are s**ual. Drag performances CAN have s**ual themes, but I’ve seen plenty of drag shows about politics, gender equality, racism, and more. They can absolutely be child and family friendly. The only reason anyone thinks drag is inherently s**ual is because of their internalized h***phobia

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    • Jean
      Jean
      January 26, 2023 at 11:55 am

      When you have a l****** Mayor, it’s difficult to stop g**s in parades or anywhere else. Gay people obviously don’t what happens when God judges them. I pray I never have a grandchild who is g**.

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    • you gotta laugh
      you gotta laugh
      January 26, 2023 at 11:02 pm

      When I was in college, OSU put up a humongous chaotic metal outdoor sculpture in front of one of the buildings. The woke art professors proclaimed it a work of art. The students all called it “the plane crash”. If drag is art, put it in a g** bar called the Olive Tree where only the woke crowd has to look at it. Oh… they’ve already done that?

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  21. Prioritize
    Prioritize
    January 25, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    Everyone is so concerned about the parade and what the kids might see out there. You don’t have to attend it ! You don’t have to go to the Olive tree. How about we prioritize our concerns and worry about the so called furries at the schools ! Kids identifying as animals and wanting litter boxes put in the bathrooms, seriously ! That seems to be a bigger problem then someone dressed up in a parade sitting on a jetski waving.

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  22. Notorious
    Notorious
    January 25, 2023 at 1:56 pm

    You wanna be g**? Be g**. You wanna identify as a beachball or sea donkey? Then do that. Stop forcing the attention constantly. Not many people care until you make them care. It’s almost like you can’t exist if everyone isn’t focused on your lifestyle.

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  23. LOL
    LOL
    January 25, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Welcome to PeakofOhio, where a bunch of closet cases hide under false names- bashing h***’s while they’re the first one in the line at the glory hole.

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    • reply to LOL
      reply to LOL
      January 26, 2023 at 10:19 pm

      And we suppose your real name is LOL? Lol!

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  24. Larry
    Larry
    January 25, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    No one one is trying to scare you . Most people know it’s wrong that’s why you see backlash . I do wish you the best I don’t care if you are LGBT or what ever the sin is a sin and this life is the only life they will have . If they don’t change it .

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  25. Citizen 2
    Citizen 2
    January 25, 2023 at 6:11 pm

    We’ve never been to a council meeting that featured a drag queen, much less four.
    The proceedings were passionate and heart-felt. And they certainly constitute a marketing coup for the Olive Tree.

    However, the discourse missed the central elements of the issue.

    Did the drag queen float in our parade constitute the exhibition of adult material?
    According to Bellefontaine city code, underlined below, it certainly did. Even some in the crowd last night would admit as much.
    Further, the exhibition occurred in a venue that was advertised as family-friendly and for which a large number of our children thus attended.
    Without foreknowledge then, were parents and children subject to adult entertainment? Obviously yes. Were we offended by this s**ualization of the event? Certainly, and rightly so.
    It this is true, then by definition, according to the code, the exhibition of a female impersonator in our Christmas Parade constitutes adult material and is subject to regulation if not outright prohibition before the parade began.
    In our opinion and the opinion of many, if not most of the residents of Bellefontaine and Logan County, such regulation is particularly desirable to, as the code states, “prevent the erosion of the character of surrounding neighborhoods.” We’d like to see the code expanded to specifically exclude adult entertainment in, if not all parades and events, at least the Christmas Parade.

    We are not requesting that Olive Tree adult entertainment operations be prohibited or restricted beyond current regulation…. Only that it be contained within the premises of the Olive Tree.

    FROM THE BELLEFONTAINE CITY CODE:
    The purpose of code 1177.01 to 1174.04 is to regulate adult entertainment businesses…”in such a manner as to prevent the erosion of the character of the surrounding neighborhoods…”
    According to code 1177.02….
    “Adult Only Entertainment Establishment” means an establishment where the patron directly or indirectly is charged a fee where the establishment features entertainment or services which constitute adult material as defined in this section, or which features exhibitions, dance routines, or gyrational choreography of persons totally n***, t******, bottomless, or strippers, male or FEMALE IMPERSONATORS or similar entertainment or services which constitute adult material.

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    • Godless reprobates
      Godless reprobates
      January 27, 2023 at 11:45 am

      Council needs to demonstrate leadership and follow the law.

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    • Reply to citizen 2
      Reply to citizen 2
      January 27, 2023 at 11:50 am

      “Adult Only Entertainment Establishment” means an establishment where the patron directly or indirectly is charged a fee…the parade was a free event held on city streets (public land not an establishment) with n**ody directly or indirectly being charged a fee to attend. Also if you read the code, it only gives LISCENSING power to the city council in relation to adult entertainment businesses, not bars hosting events. If your interpretation were the case, I think you’d have to include the beer vault every time they host a dj. So really this would be only subject to indecency laws, which were not at all violated, and constitutional law (I shouldnt need to spell out the first amendment). Of which all you right-wing “patriots” seem to only be concerned with when it favors your interests. Progress will happen whether you want it to or not, and when your children and grandchildren live in a world of acceptance with inclusion as the norm they’ll look back on your actions as hateful. Is that who you want to be remembered as?

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      • reply to the reply
        reply to the reply
        January 28, 2023 at 8:37 am

        I agree that the restrictions against indecency need to be tightened up. They are subject to interpretation as you illustrate. We would like to see Council remove any ambiguity. Tyler Berry’s aggressive unannounced ambush at the Christmas Parade showed the contempt (hate, in your favorite pejorative) that he has for any in the Bellefontaine neighborhood who do not share his brand of s**ual imperialism. Your implication is that citizens should be thankful because they got to see a drag queen for free. Yippie! I’d like to be remembered for standing against indecency and for the protection of innocent childhood. On that, its obvious where you stand.

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  26. Citizen 2
    Citizen 2
    January 25, 2023 at 6:20 pm

    I had a friend whose Christian group attempted to enter a float in Logan Bogg’s 2019 g** pride parade in West Liberty. He was apparently turned down because it didn’t “fit with the theme”. That seems reasonable. It also seems reasonable that a drag queen in a small town Christmas Parade doesn’t quite “fit with the theme”. Come on drag queen adult entertainment artists! You’ve got the Olive Tree and no doubt there will be dozens of drag queens or even more raw displays of s**uality in the first annual Bellefontaine Pride Parade that Boggs is planning for June. At least we will have the choice to not have to watch it.

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  27. Citizen 2
    Citizen 2
    January 25, 2023 at 6:23 pm

    Opposing the s**ualization of children does not make you a bigot. Rather it demonstrates care and concern for the vulnerable– an awareness that we need to let kids just be kids. Would you be a bigot if you opposed a female pole dancer (fully dressed or not) in the Christmas Parade? Would you be a bigot if you opposed a proposed n*** beach at Indian Lake? The issue here is not pro or anti g**. The issue is whether a Christmas Parade where children are a great part of the audience should be exposed to s**ual content. Here is what my long time g** friend (from Columbus) said about this: “Are you kidding? They’ve got this crap out where you are? This is one step away from normalizing pedophilia…Ive been to enough drag shows to tell you that there’s no way it’s a family friendly atmosphere. Its highly s**ualized and not child appropriate. Anyone who would knowingly expose their children to it should have them taken away. I guess not all g** people subscribe to radical s**ualism.

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  28. Citizen 3
    Citizen 3
    January 25, 2023 at 7:59 pm

    I am not a Christian and have no religious issue with LGBTQ. I have g** friends and have in the past where I lived I (before I moved away) had friends who were drag queens. Some of you are very confused. Drag is ALL about s**ualizing the female body. It is about exaggerating, almost comically, females. At its root, large b******, cleavage, s**y clothes and or grossly exaggerated wigs and theatrical makeup. It is most certainly intended to be se**al in nature. The Olive Tree is fine, but we all know WHO is really behind that. But it does not belong in a family friendly city sponsored event. And Citizen 2 is 100% correct, it’s a violation of code and is unquestionably Adult Entertainment.

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  29. Citizen 2
    Citizen 2
    January 25, 2023 at 8:57 pm

    Some have said that if citizens don’t like a drag queen in the Christmas Parade then maybe they shouldn’t come to the Christmas Parade. One respondent above indicated he wont come next year for exactly that reason. Maybe non-attendance by citizens that prize reasonable morality might even END the Christmas Parade. Can it be helped if a suspicion develops that that might actually be the goal? If the kids won’t let you play the game because you don’t play by the rules, stealing the ball might might feel sweet. Just saying.

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  30. Citizen 2
    Citizen 2
    January 25, 2023 at 9:08 pm

    I commented that Logan Boggs organized the first Logan County g** pride parade in West Liberty in 2019 and claimed at the council meeting that he would be organizing the first Bellefontaine pride parade in June this year. My factual and non-derogatory comment was removed (censored) from this discussion. While we appreciate Peak of Ohio for this forum, censorship is never appreciated.

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  31. Citizen 2
    Citizen 2
    January 25, 2023 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you for putting it back up.

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  32. Citizen 2
    Citizen 2
    January 25, 2023 at 9:34 pm

    Citizen 3 has a good hunch about who is behind some of this unnecessary division and controversy. Perhaps he is right. The citizen that I’m thinking of has made hearty endorsements of the “new” Olive Tree Gay bar. But I’m thankful for people who are working to revitalize our downtown. They are a blessing, regardless of s**ual orientation. Still, I pray that in the city council’s deliberations over this matter that they make accommodations based on morality, respect for the innocence of children, and the will of the people rather than the financial clout of elite players. I trust that they will.

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  33. Jeff Cummins
    Jeff Cummins
    January 25, 2023 at 9:38 pm

    TO MR. TESTAMENT…….I welcome your opinion. Also, I do not hide and place my name on my opinion. Attorney Dennis Day Lager should be well qualified to be a part of the Drag Queen Float, when he was doing his deeds in Logan County he was often wearing heavy women’s face makeup. Dennis always wanted public office, in Logan County, but his campaign motto was LAGER ON TAP and his party animal theme was not accepted well by serious voters in Logan County. Dennis never was able to hold public office in Logan County. I am sure you like all the free stuff you get from the Liar President Biden. Were you recently in Atlanta and burning police cars? Attorney Lager is WOKE Anti Police and at his famous triple killer Trimble court case, in Portage County, Attorney quickly went public with the false claim, that Portage County Law Enforcement h***sexually r***d his client in jail. Judge ordered a doctor exam on killer Trimble and no sign of r*** was found. Trial lasted 42 days and Dennis never won a single legal point! Trimble sits on death row in Ohio Prison. Attorney Lager moved on and is a acting advisor to President Biden. Perhaps President Biden would come to Logan County and ride on the Drag Queen float? My opinion. I am 76 years old and do not think Bellefontaine needs a Drag Queen float in the parade. My opinion.

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  34. Riddle me this
    Riddle me this
    January 25, 2023 at 9:45 pm

    There was a literal repeat s** offender in the crowd, and it wasn’t the drag queen! Why isn’t anyone up in arms about how to keep that guy out of family friendly events?

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  35. Marshall Blair Hildreth
    Marshall Blair Hildreth
    January 25, 2023 at 10:45 pm

    People on here so concerned about a drag queen, yet to scared to use their real names on a post!

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    • reply to bold Marshall
      reply to bold Marshall
      January 26, 2023 at 10:18 pm

      There’s a lot of money behind the woke g** rights movement. Maybe people prefer not to be cancelled.

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      • Godless reprobates
        Godless reprobates
        January 27, 2023 at 11:36 am

        The LGBLT movement is an attack on capitalism and the individual freedoms it requires.

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      • Marshall Blair Hildreth
        Marshall Blair Hildreth
        January 27, 2023 at 12:06 pm

        It isn’t being cancelled, it is not supporting bigotry!

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      • Marshall Blair Hildreth
        Marshall Blair Hildreth
        January 27, 2023 at 12:13 pm

        If the people objecting to the “woke g** rights movement” are in the majority then they wouldn’t have to worry about being cancelled, right? Makes you wonder if they are on the right side?

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  36. Jeff Cummins
    Jeff Cummins
    January 26, 2023 at 8:04 am

    Todays big news about Nancy Pelosi, who supports transgender drag queens…………Gee, according to the news this morning, Nancy Pelosi and hubby Paul, made over 46 million dollars in stock market trading, in the last 2 years, by using INSIDE TRADER information. Nancy knew when and what to buy based on her inside knowledge from her government job, plus Nancy knew when to dump the stock. Nancy has been a big promoter of drag queen people and the breakdown off moral social behavior in California. Keep in mind that in recent days there have been 3 mass murder attacks in California. My opinion.

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  37. Brian
    Brian
    January 26, 2023 at 3:18 pm

    What has Logan County become. All those that support deviant behavior at a Christmas parade is sick. I cannot believe people support a drag queen or whatever it is during a tradition of wholesome activities. Those that support it are just as sick as the one performing it. What have we become. What was evil is now good and what was good is now evil. Sick.

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    • reply to Brian
      reply to Brian
      January 26, 2023 at 10:17 pm

      “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness” Isaiah 5:20

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  38. Godless reprobates
    Godless reprobates
    January 26, 2023 at 8:06 pm

    The LGBTQ agenda is running out of control in this country. When is drag queen story hour coming to Logan County’s libraries?

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    • reprobate reply
      reprobate reply
      January 26, 2023 at 10:14 pm

      probably coming soon

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      • Godless reprobates
        Godless reprobates
        January 26, 2023 at 11:56 pm

        The purpose of Drag Queen Story Hour is not entertainment, nor to understand g** culture. The purpose is to turn children “queer” through an educational process.

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        • 🖕
          🖕
          January 27, 2023 at 10:16 am

          Newsflash a**hole, being q**** is not a choice or a lifestyle. It’s a human trait. You’re either born with it or not. Therefore n**ody, and I mean NOBODY, is trying to make straight kids g**. They’re trying to make sure g** kids survive. Many of our peers did not make it due to people just like you. Your h***phobia is a root cause to death. Take that up with your god.

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          • Godless reprobates
            Godless reprobates
            January 27, 2023 at 11:18 am

            The LGBT indoctrination agenda is designed to outlaw the Bible, and anyone who follows it.
            Drag Queen Story Hour is not just crazy people, it is a highly organized effort to destroy the norms of society and to use people in positions of authority to warp the values of children.

  39. Godless reprobates
    Godless reprobates
    January 26, 2023 at 8:10 pm

    Groomers

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  40. Joe Mama
    Joe Mama
    January 27, 2023 at 10:49 am

    Keep that sh*t in Columbus – drag queen story hour is nothing more than grooming opportunities

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    • Godless reprobates
      Godless reprobates
      January 27, 2023 at 4:07 pm

      Drag Queen Story Hour seeks to destroy childhood innocence and introduce the most demonic forms of s**ual perversion into public life: pedophilia, i*****, b******ity, necrophilia, and prostitution.

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  41. Sara
    Sara
    January 27, 2023 at 2:35 pm

    It’s a shame that people underestimate kids; this is an excellent opportunity to teach kids why they disagree and set an example of showing love to your neighbors even in disagreement.

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  42. Equality4all
    Equality4all
    January 27, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    Where was the outrage about Drag Queens at events with children when “Relay for Life- Logan County, Ohio” had an event in June 2011 with men in dresses, wigs, and purses? Even had an event in 2019 with a man dressed as Wonder Woman! You can go to their Facebook page and see the pictures for yourself!

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