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A Texas state legislator on Monday announced plans to introduce a bill banning minors from attending drag shows in the state.
State Rep. Bryan Slaton, a Republican who represents a House neighborhood just east of Dallas, said in a press release that his bill comes after footage went viral over the weekend showing children attending a drag show at Mister Mister, a gay bar in North Dallas.
Protesters showed up at the “Drag the kids to pride” event on Saturday afternoon, which was billed as “a family drag show”. Organizers called it a spin-off of their Champagne Drag Brunch that would let kids dance with performers on stage, according to the local WFAA.
Videos appeared later on social media of drag performers at the event taking dollar bills from children, dancing with them and walking down the aisle in the center of the room, which was adorned with a neon sign that read : “It’s not going to be licked!”
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“The events of the past weekend were horrific and show a disturbing trend in which evil adults are obsessed with the sexualization of young children,” Slaton said. “As a father of two young children, I would never take my children to a drag show and I know [Texas House Speaker] Neither did Dade Phelan and the rest of my fellow Republicans.”
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“Protecting our own children is not enough and our responsibility as lawmakers extends to the sexualization that is occurring across Texas. I promised my constituents that I would stand up for their values and fight to protect children of Texas,” Slaton continued.
“I promised my constituents that I would stand up for their values and fight to protect the children of Texas. I was re-elected on that 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,” Slaton added.
Slaton has also spoken out against gender transition for minors, writing a letter to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) in August 2021 urging the agency to classify mastectomies, chemical procedures and psychological counseling that claim that non-biological sex is child abuse. .
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A spokesperson for Slaton’s office told Fox News Digital that the state legislator has engaged in productive conversations with a number of his Republican colleagues about the bill and expects to pass when the Texas Legislature meets again.