The organizers of this Sunday's Dallas Pride Parade have warned participants to put away their schlongs, citing stricter enforcement of nudity and lewdness laws.
Michael Doughman, the executive director of the Dallas Tavern Guild (who puts on the parade), apparently speaking on behalf of law enforcement, told the Dallas Voice that the event should be "family-friendly" and that "[the police have] looked the other way for years and years and years, but public lewdness and nudity in public is not going to continue to be tolerated." The co-commander of the parade's security then threatened participants with felonies if they violate indecency statutes in front of children.
Float dancers must wear swimsuits instead of underwear this year and police officers will be searching floats before the parade to ensure that everyone's junk is in line with the rules. Anyone who's violation of indecency standards will be warned; those who fail to comply before the parade begins will be removed and possibly charged with a class-B misdemeanor indecent exposure. Finally, yikes: "If there's an erection and a child is present that could see it, it is a felony, and we don't want to see that happen," Liebbe said.
Like all controversies, however, the big positive is that Twitter gets some great new hashtags! Per the Dallas Pride Facebook site: "We say the following and encourage you all to #Prideoutwithyourhideout."
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