A Republican lawmaker in Texas is determined to introduce legislation banning drag shows attended by minors just days after video emerged online showing children attending a show in Dallas over the weekend.
Texas Rep. Bryan Slaton, R-Mineola, tweeted Monday that he plans to introduce legislation to “protect children from drag shows and other inappropriate displays.”
The announcement came after videos surfaced online showing children watching a drag show at a Pride Month event in Dallas last weekend.
The Dallas event, titled “Drag The Kids To Pride,” invited parents to take their children for a drag show, and featured children dancing alongside drag-clad men under a pink neon sign that read “It’s not going to lick”.
Outraged protesters arrived to picket the event, while show promoters and attendees defended the day as nothing more than a chance for people to share the joy of who they are.
Texas Rep. Bryan Slaton, R-Mineola, tweeted on Monday that he wants to introduce legislation banning drag shows attended by minors after a video showed children attending such shows in Dallas.
In a tweet on Monday, Slaton wrote that “drag shows are no place for a kid.”
The ad was tweeted just days after videos surfaced online showing children attending a drag show in Dallas last weekend
The controversial Dallas Pride event over the weekend comes as debate rages across the country over how gender identity and children should interact.
Photos and footage from Saturday’s event showed adults seated on stools surrounding a long, narrow track stage in the middle of the room.
As parents sipped drinks with children seated beside them, drag queens in sparkly dresses and leotards danced along the stage, sometimes inviting children to walk the runway with them.
The drag queens snatched dollar bills from the children’s outstretched hands, all under the glow of a pink neon sign that read “It’s not going to lick.”
On Monday, Rep. Slaton tweeted that he would introduce legislation banning drag shows with children present.
“I promised my constituents that I would stand up for their values and fight to protect the children of Texas,” Slaton said in a statement Monday.
“I was re-elected on this promise and I intend to keep it by drafting legislation to prevent children from being subjected to drag shows and other inappropriate events. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this important legislation.
Lawmakers could not consider the proposal until the next legislative session, scheduled for January 10, 2023. It is unclear what application this potential legislation would include.
A drag queen performing at the “Drag Your Kids to Pride” event at a Dallas gay nightclub on Saturday, June 4. Children can be seen sitting on stools along the track
A drag queen can be seen accepting dollar bills from members of the public. Children can also be seen handing over money to artists
An online brochure for the event read ‘Mr. Misster’s Drag The Kids To Pride Drag Show offers the ultimate family pride experience.
He continued, “Do you want to take the stage with the queens?” We have FIVE limited places for young artists to take the stage solo or with a queen of their choice! Come hang out with the queens and enjoy this unique pride experience, suitable for guests of all ages! »
The event was met with vitriol by some, who came out in protest and called parents online with their children, accusing them of “grooming” and endangering their children.
Protesters outside Mr Misster on Saturday. Protesters accused parents online of allowing Democrats to condone pedophilia
The event online brochure banner. Organizers characterized it as an opportunity for people to share the joy of who they are
Three children on stage at the Mr. Misster gay nightclub in Dallas, Texas, during their “Drag the Kids to Pride” event on Saturday
One interaction quickly turned into a protester accusing parents of allowing Democrats to endorse child molestation, and a woman shouting “You’re scaring kids, shut up!” Shut up ! Shame on you! Shame on you!’ as the lined children curl up and hold their hands over their ears.
A female protester says she saw a poster for the event and was emboldened to come out and protest.
“I live in this community,” the woman told ABC 8, “I’ve lived for several years.” I don’t think I should see billboards for kids dancing on stage with men in flip flops and inappropriate clothing and makeup. I do not condone the behavior of these people in any way, but what attracts me here is that they are children now.
A representative from the bar, however, said the event provided a safe, family-friendly space to celebrate people for who they are.
A protester clashes with people waiting outside the Mr. Misster gay bar on Saturday after the ‘Drag Your Kids to Pride’ event at the nightclub. The police arrived to maintain order
A drag queen performing at Mr. Misster’s on Saturday as children in the audience look on. Children could be seen handing out dollar bills to performers
A child hands out dollar bills to drag performers at Mr. Misster gay nightclub during a family drag show on Saturday, June 4
“We are more than happy to open our doors to celebrate Pride in a safe, family-friendly environment, separate from our normal operations from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Saturdays, as we believe everyone should have a space to be able to celebrate who they are. Mr. Misser is a place where everyone is welcome to feel accepted, safe and included.
“We had a group of protesters outside shouting homophobic threats, transphobic remarks and vile accusations against these children and their parents. It’s so sad to see that in 2022 there are people who still want to protest others celebrating who they are, but our wonderful staff and officers have helped keep us safe and kept the protesters at bay .
The bar representative also noted that he raised funds for an LGBTQ+ youth organization in the community.
Controversy around the event comes at the start of Pride month in the United States and as debates swirl across the country over the role of gender identity exposure and parenting.
In March, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a parental rights bill that bars teachers from giving classroom lessons on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” from kindergarten to the third year.
In April, a Tennessee lawmaker said he would “burn” banned books if he could, because books about gender identity top the lists of banned titles in schools nationwide.
In May, a Florida mother sued her daughter’s school after teachers created a “transgender support plan” for her daughter without seeking parental consent.
This month, even Pizza Hut was dragged into the debate after it promoted a children’s book featuring a little boy who dresses in drag.
And just this week, DeSantis moved to ban transitional therapies for children and revoke Medicaid support for treatments for trans adults in Florida.
This includes suspending access to “puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgeries”.
“Florida must do more to protect children from politics-based medicine,” wrote state surgeon general Joseph Lapado, whom DeSantis appointed to his position in February.
“Otherwise, our state’s children and youth will continue to face a substantial risk of long-term harm.”