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State Rep expected to introduce legislation banning drag shows while minors are present, legislative session doesn’t convene until Jan. 2023

During 2023’s legislative session, State Representative Bryan Slaton, R-Mineola, is expected to introduce legislation that will ban drag shows while minors are present, aiming to “protect kids from drag shows and other inappropriate displays.”

Slaton’s announcement about introducing this legislation came after videos showed children at a drag show in Dallas over the weekend, called “Drag The Kids to Pride,” Saturday morning at a gay nightclub in North Dallas.

“The events of this past weekend were horrifying and show a disturbing trend in which perverted adults are obsessed with sexualizing young children,” Slaton said in a release. “As a father of two young children, I would never take my children to a drag show and I know Speaker Made 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.”

Parents were encouraged to bring their children to a drag show in Dallas, which also featured children dancing with men dressed in drag, below a neon sign that said “It’s not gonna lick itself.”

Event organizers called the show “the ultimate family-friendly pride experience.” And encouraged children to join those in drag to “hit the stage with the queens,” with “limited spots for young performers to take the stage solo, or with a queen of their choosing.”

Sadly, lawmakers are unable to consider Slaton’s proposed ban until Jan. 10, 2023, when legislators return for the next legislative session.


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