Drag shows in Texas: Republican lawmaker wants to ban minors

This weekend, Mr Misster hosted a ‘family’ brunch for Pride Month, and a Republican lawmaker said he would now try to pass a bill making it illegal.

DALLAS — A North Texas Republican lawmaker announced an effort to ban minors from drag shows after an event in Dallas this weekend, but Democrats say the move is a distraction from the problems facing the state.

Republican Bryan Slaton (R – Royse City) tweeted Monday, “I would never take my kids to a drag show,” adding, “I will be filing legislation to address this new issue.”

The announcement follows an event at Mr. Misster, a bar in the Oak Lawn neighborhood of Dallas, which was billed as a family brunch at 11 a.m. Saturday. Videos from the event show parents and children cheering and dancing with performers.

Mr Misster could not be reached for an interview on Tuesday, but said in a statement over the weekend that the event was aimed at providing a safe space and raising funds for LGBTQ youth. Misster said outside protesters were “shouting homophobic threats, transphobic remarks and vile accusations against these kids and their parents.”

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Slaton called it “inappropriate sexual content”. He’s never had a bill he’s authored who declined an interview on the details of what he would propose, but in a statement he said: ‘There are a number of ways to approach a ban on this horrible activity.”

“This is just another attack, another way to demonize a community that just wants to exist,” said Rep. Jessica Gonzalez (D – Dallas), Vice Chair of the LGBTQ+ Caucus.

Gonzalez said the announcement and the attention of other Republican politicians in the state are designed to distract from the power grid and the need for gun reform after the Uvalde massacre.

“We have a lot of work to do here, and it’s unfortunate that some lawmakers choose to separate people from the real issues at hand,” she said.

“There are not enough spaces, safe spaces for young people, young LGBTQ people,” said Lee Daugherty, who runs nearby bar Alexandre’s.

Daugherty said politicians and others are confusing more than 21 drag shows with the family version airing Saturday.

“Confusing the two obviously shouldn’t be done, but I think it’s being done on purpose now to upset people’s emotions,” he said. “There are these distractions that are pitting the working class against each other when we really should be solving other issues.”

“They don’t want people telling them how to raise their kids, so they shouldn’t be telling other people how to raise their kids,” Gonzalez said.

Daugherty said he fears the talks and new legislation will fuel further assault on LGBTQ communities.

“Targeting these events is incredulous in my mind,” he said. “It’s scary to come to this.”


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