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Texas Politician Wants to Ban Kids from Drag Shows, Do Nothing About Guns

The stars of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 7.

In the wake of last month’s horrific mass shooting at Robb elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, parents and concerned citizens are desperately urging politicians to implement common sense gun reforms to combat the rampant gun violence plaguing our country. Everyone that is, except republicans funded by the NRA, who are desperate the change to conversation. Texas Senator Ted Cruz suggested schools only have one door (a truly absurd idea), while others offered thoughts and prayers and nothing else.

Meanwhile, Texas State Rep. Bryan Slaton (R) is making moves to defend the children of Texas from the threat of … drag queens? Slaton plans to introduce legislation to ban minors from attending drag shows, and, as he describes it, “perverted adults [who] are obsessed with sexualizing young children.” He added, “As a father of two young children, I would never take my children to a drag show and I know speaker Dade Phelan and the rest of my Republican colleagues wouldn’t either.”

Slaton’s proposed bill is not only deeply homophobic and transphobic, but it addresses a threat that simply does not exist. To run the numbers, so far in 2022 there have been 96 incidents on gunfire on school grounds, resulting in 40 deaths and 78 injuries. The number of deaths and injuries at drag shows in 2022? Zero. For that matter, the majority of drag shows take place at bars and clubs, which have an adult age limit. Local libraries have hosted drag queen story-time for kids, and there are occasionally kid-friendly drag shows for all ages.

One such show was a Pride Month event hosted in Dallas, called “Drag the Kids to Pride Drag Show”, a family-friendly spin-off of the popular drag brunch at Mr. Misster bar. A viral video of the event caused protests and condemnation from republican politicians like (ugh) Marjorie Taylor Greene, who objected to the kids tipping the dancers with cash. Along with trans sports bans, bathroom bans, and Don’t Say Gay bills, it’s all part of a coordinated conservative attack on the LGBTQ+ community that seeks to punish LGBTQ+ kids and paint queer adults as threats to children. It’s deeply disturbing and dangerous rhetoric designed to incite fear and anger towards the already vulnerable LGBTQ+ community.

Also, can someone please explain how a chaperoned drag show is destroying the moral fabric of Texas, whereas stockpiling assault rifles is totally cool and normal? Sure, makes sense. Also, drag shows only affect the people who go to them, they’re not mandatory. If you don’t want to take your kid to a drag show, great news! You don’t have to. Yet everyone else is forced to live and die at the mercy of gun fetishists and 2nd Amendment fascists? People were quick to drag Slaton for his bigoted bill, and for trying to pull focus from the gun epidemic that is killing children.


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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.