Tuesday 7 June 2022 02:31 AM Texas State Rep. Bryan Slaton says he will file legislation to BAN drag shows ... trends now

Tuesday 7 June 2022 02:31 AM Texas State Rep. Bryan Slaton says he will file legislation to BAN drag shows ... trends now
Tuesday 7 June 2022 02:31 AM Texas State Rep. Bryan Slaton says he will file legislation to BAN drag shows ... trends now

Tuesday 7 June 2022 02:31 AM Texas State Rep. Bryan Slaton says he will file legislation to BAN drag shows ... trends now

A Republican lawmaker from Texas is determined to file legislation to ban drag shows in the presence of minors just days after video surfaced online showing children attending such shows in Dallas over the weekend.

Texas Rep. Bryan Slaton, R-Mineola, tweeted on Monday that he plans to introduce legislation aimed at 'protecting kids from drag shows and other inappropriate displays.' 

The announcement came after videos surfaced online showing children attending a drag show at a pride month event in Dallas over past weekend.

The event in Dallas, titled 'Drag The Kids To Pride,' invited parents to bring their kids along for a drag show, and featured children dancing alongside men dressed in drag beneath a pink neon sign reading 'It's not gonna lick itself.'

Outraged protesters arrived to picket the event, while the shows promoters and participants defended the day as nothing more than an opportunity for people to share joy about who they are. 

Texas Rep. Bryan Slaton, R-Mineola, tweeted Monday he wants to file legislation to ban drag shows in the presence of minors after video showed children attending such shows in Dallas

Texas Rep. Bryan Slaton, R-Mineola, tweeted Monday he wants to file legislation to ban drag shows in the presence of minors after video showed children attending such shows in Dallas

The controversial pride event in Dallas over the weekend comes as debates rage across the country about how gender identity and children should interact. 

Photos and footage from the event on Saturday showed adults sitting on stools surrounding a long narrow runway stage in the middle of the room.

As parents sipped on drinks with kids seated at their side, drag queens in dresses and glittered leotards danced along the stage, at times inviting the children to walk down the runway with them.

The drag queens snatched dollar bills from children's outstretched hands, all beneath the glow of a pink neon sign reading 'It's not gonna lick itself.'

On Monday, Rep. Slaton tweeted that he will be filing legislation to ban drag shows in the presence of children. 

'I promised my voters that I would stand up for their values and fight to protect Texas kids,' Slaton said in a statement Monday. 

'I was re-elected on that promise and I intend to keep it by authoring legislation to defend kids from being subjected to drag shows and other inappropriate events. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this important legislation.'

Lawmakers would not be able to consider the proposal until the next legislative session, which is scheduled for January 10, 2023. It's not clear what enforcement this potential legislation would include. 

The announcement was tweeted on Monday just days after videos surfaced online showing children attending a drag show in Dallas over past weekend

The announcement was tweeted on Monday just days after videos surfaced online showing children attending a drag show in Dallas over past weekend

A drag queen performing at the 'Drag Your Kids to Pride' event at a Dallas gay night club on Saturday, June 4. Children can be seen sitting on stools lining the runway

A drag queen performing at the 'Drag Your Kids to Pride' event at a Dallas gay night club on Saturday, June 4. Children can be seen sitting on stools lining the runway

A drag queen can be seen accepting dollar bills from audience members. Children can be seen handing over cash to the performers too

A drag queen can be seen accepting dollar bills from audience members. Children can be seen handing over cash to the performers too

An online brochure for the event read 'Mr. Misster's Drag The Kids To Pride Drag Show provides the ultimate family friendly pride experience.'

It continued: 'Do you want to hit the stage with the queens? We have FIVE limited spots for young performers to take the stage solo, or with a queen of their choosing! Come hangout with the Queens and enjoy this unique pride experience, fit for guests of all ages!'

The event was met with vitriol by some,

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