Here Are The 14 States Moving To Prohibit Sexually Explicit Drag Shows For Minors

  • In March, Tennessee became the first state to ban sexually explicit drag shows in public places where minors may be exposed.
  • Other red states such as Idaho, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas have followed Tennessee’s example and sought similar laws against such performances.
  • “Just as state legislatures have worked to protect children from harmful heterosexual hormones and experimental surgery, activist educators and administrators have influenced young children and leftist We are also addressing broader issues that seek to advance radical gender ideologies,” Jessica Anderson, executive director of Heritage Action, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

After Tennessee became the first state to ban drag shows where children might be present, several red states are pushing similar laws.

States such as Idaho, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas are pushing to pass laws to limit or ban sexually explicit drag shows in the presence of minors. The law, which is gaining momentum in 14 states, is part of a broader nationwide battle over the exposure of children to age-appropriate gender identities and sexually explicit concepts. (Related: Florida Pride Festival hosts Kid Zone, a ‘family-friendly’ drug event)

Jessica Anderson, executive director of Heritage Action, told the Daily Caller News Foundation, “There are stories of children being exposed to inappropriate and explicit material in classrooms and on school-sponsored excursions. We often hear, often without parental consent or notice: “Just as state legislatures have worked to protect children from harmful heterosexual hormones and experimental surgery, activists educators and administrators are also tackling the broader issues affecting young children and seeking to advance left-wing radical gender ideologies.

In March, Republican Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced a “first of its kind” drag show ban on “adult cabaret entertainment” in places where children might be present, such as schools and libraries. signed the bill. Similarly, Republican Arkansas Governor Sarah Sanders signed Laws prohibiting minors from watching “adult shows” featuring nude or “semi-nude” performers who expose their genitals or breasts or demonstrate sexual acts.

The Museum of Science and History in Memphis, Tennessee, hosted a drag show deemed “family-friendly” featuring seven performers, including a “drug clown.” barbie wireAngel Fartz and Siren Moss, who organized the event,[manifested] The art of drag. The museum also hosted “Cocktails and Chemistry with the Blue Suede Sisters,” which focused on science experiments with the “drug nuns.”

Idaho State Capitol passed it A bill sponsored by state Rep. Brent Crane on March 7 would require event organizers to take “reasonable steps to restrict” the participation of minors in shows containing “sexual conduct.” and parents will be able to sue the organizers of such events. The bill was introduced in response to drag shows held for children at the 2022 Pride festival.

The 2022 Boise Pride Festival will feature “Drag Kids,” a drag show performed by children ages 11 to 18, with festival-goers saying, “Come and support these guys who brought drugs to the younger generation.” ” was called. The festival featured a “family friendly” drag show featuring adult performers.

Kentucky Senate voted On March 10, 26-6, it approved a bill sponsored by Republican state Senator Lindsey Tichenor. The bill prohibits “adult performance” from occurring in places where “you know or should know that adult performances will be seen.”

“This bill was about drug performance, which is starting to make its way into the public sector,” Tichenor said. Said Leader of the Lexington Herald. “They had never been in the public sector before. They had never been marketed to children. No. But now that they’re appearing in the public sector, some of those performances are absolutely inappropriate for children, so some guidelines need to be put in place for them.

Republican Missouri Congressman Benny Cook introduced On March 1, House Bill 1364 was passed, banning “adult cabaret” performances in public venues. Under the bill, school districts or any of their administrators would lose state funding if they were found to be in violation of the law.

The Oklahoma legislature is considering two things. Individual of legislation This prohibits “obscene acts or obscene material” in places where minors may be present “including but not limited to parades, shows and concerts.” [and] Play. Both bills were brought to the State Capitol for discussion.

In April 2022, Oklahoma State University hosted a “Drag Queen Story Hour” for students ages 2-8. Fox 25.

A drag queen performs during Pride Month on June 25, 2022 in Raleigh, North Carolina. – When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against abortion rights, a judge’s written opinion suggested that other progressive advances, including same-sex marriage and contraception, would be overruled. ignited concern. (Photo by Allison Joyce/AFP) (Photo by Allison Joyce/AFP via Getty Images)

under West Virginia Senate Bill 253, introduced by Republican state senator Mike Azinger, anyone found hosting or performing in an “adult cabaret performance” faces fines of up to $25,000 or up to five years in prison.of South Carolina Senate Bill 585It is sponsored by Republican Senator Joshua Kimbrel.

“What we see from the law is that drugs are inherently sexual or dangerous to children, that have been imposed on the community since the 1950s, and that children are protected from the LGBTQ community. That’s not far from the truth,’ said drag performer Caleb Coker. Said WCSC news on South Carolina law.

Kansas Federal State Commission Introduced Senate Bill 149 In February, the charge of “encouraging an obscene act toward a minor” was expanded to include drag performances.In Arizona, the state legislature legislation This requires individuals who have attended adult cabaret performances in front of minors to register as sex offenders.

“I’m not here to hurt the business of people who teach dance,” said Republican Senator Justin Wadsak of Arizona, who sponsored the legislation. Said Arizona Miller. “I’m not here to change people’s lives. It’s a matter of protecting children.”

In February, the Montana House of Representatives passed. HB395sponsored by Republican Rep. Braxton Mitchell, voted 66 to 33 to ban venues from hosting drag show performances open to minors. LB371Introduced by Republican Senator Dave Merman, taking minors to a drag show is a misdemeanor, and children under the age of 19 are not permitted to participate in such shows.

The Texas legislature is considering four laws to limit drag shows. House Bill 4378It was filed on March 9th and allows community members to sue anyone who hosts or performs sexually explicit drag shows in places where children are present. House Bill 1266 We consider venues that host drag shows to be “sexually oriented businesses” and require additional tax and licensing restrictions.

The law was enacted after a 2022 “Drag Queen Christmas” show in Texas featured partial nudity and graphic sexual content in front of children. Participants around the age of 10 gave hints to drag-her performers who simulated sexual acts and exposed realistic artificial breasts.

“State legislatures need to continue this momentum to protect students and help parents make the right decisions for their children,” Anderson told DCNF.

Crane, Tichenor, Cook, Azinger, Kimbrell, Wadsack, Kansas’ Committee on Federal and State Affairs, Wadsack, Mitchell, and Murman did not immediately respond to DCNF’s request for comment.

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