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The LGBTQ+ community has long celebrated self-expression with drag shows featuring artists dressed in costumes and makeup, impersonating either men or women. Watch the popular Emmy Award winning RuPaul’s Drag Race. But Republican lawmakers in Florida, Arizona, Texas and other states are trying to crack down, with proposals to ban minors from raffle shows.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suggested he could order his state’s Department of Child Protective Services to investigate parents who take their children to such shows.
“We have laws against endangering children,” DeSantis said during a press conference in Fort Myers Beach last week, after a video of kids attending a bar in Dallas surfaced. “They were putting money in underwear, which is absolutely inappropriate,” he said. “This is not something children should be exposed to.”
Florida Representative Anthony Sabatini went further, Proposal to terminate parental rights for adultsand make it a felony if they bring their children to watch the drag show.
And Brian Slatton, a state representative for the Texas Republican Party, said he would, too Proposal for a bill prohibiting withdrawals shows the whereabouts of minors. “Deviant adults are obsessed with having sex with young children,” he complained in a statement.
In Arizona, Republicans say they are worried, too. “If men want to dress as women, and if adults want to participate in watching these hyper-sexualized shows, they are free to do so. It crosses the line when kids are exposed to these drag shows,” They wrote in a joint statementAdding that it sends a message of “complete and absolute perversion” to children.
Arizona Senator Vince Leach told NPR he’s heard more and more parents complain about the drag shows kids watch, and he’s now drafting legislation to do something about it.
“It’s a burden on society,” Leech said in a phone call this week. “These performers, in my opinion, are disgusting.” He says he is annoyed by newspaper images of kindergarten children “stuffing bills in panties” at drag shows. “These are kids looking at something they’ll never be able to get out of their minds. We don’t let kids undress, we don’t let them in X-rated movies… We’re letting this continue.”
Across the country, the heat is on for racing entertainers, especially during Pride Month.
last weekend, Pride on the Block event in West Palm Beach It canceled a planned raffle show after Canadian police reported that a 17-year-old made anti-LGBTQ comments online and threatened to shoot people at the event.
In California last weekend, a group of men allegedly part of the far-right Proud Boys disrupted a story time Happened in the San Lorenzo Library. Kyle Chu, whose name is Panda Dulce, was about to read to preschool and kindergarten kids. The men, wearing T-shirts emblazoned with Kalashnikovs, shouted anti-gay and transgender threats.
‘Proud boys shouted’ ‘Who brought in the transgender?’ “I started hurling insults, calling me a pedophile and a nanny,” Chu told Teen Vogue. “To run into bigots who have so much misinformation about who you are and what you stand for, that’s terrifying.”
A security guard quickly escorted the group, and Zhou went to read to the children. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has opened a hate crime investigation.
In response to comments by DeSantis, his ruling rival, Democrat Nikki Fried Announced that it supports raffle offers. She told Florida Politics“If a parent wants to take their kids to a drag show, it’s a parent’s business. And it’s entertainment. Kids don’t turn gay because they went to a drag show.”
During the Civil Rights Conference, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel reportedly described complaints about children being subjected to drag queens as “fake cases” that divide people. It was reported by the Detroit News Like saying that drag queens lift children up when they have emotional problems. He called Nessel, the first openly gay person in the state to be elected to statewide office, jokingly to be the drag queen for each school. “Drag queens make everything better,” she said. “Drag queens are fun.”
TV talk show host Andy Cohen tweeted, “I was going to take my kids to a drag show before taking them to an armed show.” Comedian, actor, singer and author Randy Rainbow posted this Tweet: “I am introducing a bill to protect drag queens from children.”