Under pressure from the state, Orlando school cancels drag talk with Momma Rose

Jason DeShazo, a man from Lakeland, Fla. who plays Momma Ashley Rose, expected to visit an Orlando high school on Thursday to talk about his gay-straight alliance.

Instead, DeShazo learned the day before the event that the Florida Department of Education forced the cancellation of “Drag and Donuts” as part of a statewide crackdown. by Governor Ron DeSantis and state lawmakers on drag activities around minors.

Both DeShazo and the principal of Boone High School stressed that the voluntary after-school event was not a drag show. DeShazo said he plans to speak to members of the school’s Queer and Ally Alliance about life as a gay man and answer any questions students have.

USA Today

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