On Monday, it was announced by a Texan state representative Bryan Slaton that he intends to propose a new legislature that would ban minors from attending drag shows.
This comes after a viral video on Twitter that shows a drag queen performance at the Mr. Mister bar in Dallas, Texas. At the beginning of the video, a drag queen is seen being handed money as a tip by two children, and she later does a split in front of them. The bar regularly hosts drag shows like their "Champagne Drag Brunch Show," a separate event made for kids and their families called "Drag the Kids to Pride Drag Show."
In an official statement, Slaton wrote, "The events of this past weekend were horrifying and show a disturbing trend in which perverted adults are obsessed with sexualizing young children." he continued on to say, "As a father of two young children, I would never take my children to a drag show and I know Speaker Dade Phelan and the rest of my Republican colleagues wouldn't either. Protecting our own children isn't enough, and our responsibility as lawmakers extends to the sexualization that is happening across Texas."
Pride month has set off, but many in the LGBTQ+ community say lawmakers propose laws that will negatively affect future generations. These sentiments come after Governor Greg Abbott sent a letter to the Texas DPFS (Department of Family and Protective Services). He told the agency that children receiving gender-affirming procedures should be punished, including hormones and surgery. Doctors and nurses would also be penalized for not reporting cases.
Many on social media have expressed their outrage over this controversial direction, believing that what Texas legislators are doing is creating a projection for families who are only trying to help their children. However, because Texas is a conservative state, and according to the Pew Research Organization, around 77 percent of citizens are Christian, it has become more challenging for those in the LGBTQ+ community to pass bills that would help them.
Other representatives have shown their support for Slaton's proposal. On social media, Georgia representative and conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene said, "It should be illegal to take children into Drag Queen shows and strip clubs.” She said, "And there should be no federal funding for any school that intentionally confuses children about gender/sexuality. Any teacher or school employee caught doing so should be fired and lose all benefits.
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