BAYTOWN — Two Texas private school teachers, Kristi Maris and her unnamed coworker, recently attended a drag show at Hamburger Mary’s, a self-described “open-air bar and grille for open-minded people” that hosts sexual drag shows as part of their “flamboyant dining experience.”
After attending, Maris posted, “This was a blast!!!!” along with pictures and videos of the drag venue.
The Baytown First Baptist Academy teachers were recognized on Facebook and news quickly spread to school leadership.
According to the school’s senior pastor, their actions violated the operating policies manual, which reads, “I will act in a godly and moral fashion at work, on Facebook and in my community.”
Hamburger Mary’s Dallas and Houston locations were protested by groups like “Protect Texas Kids” last year for hosting “family friendly” drag shows and even offering a Mary’s “Little Lambs” kids’ menu.
After pushback, the Dallas location implemented an age restriction, but it is unclear if the Houston location has done the same.
Hamburger Mary’s is also known for hosting drag events that ridicule the Christian faith; their upcoming Dallas “Communion Diva Brunch” uses imagery of the Virgin Mary in their website advertising.
Maris later told her Facebook friends that she didn’t regret attending the show.
“Please remove yourself from my page if this offends you, if you think this is UnGodly, makes me a pedaphile [sic], or causes you to feel uncomfortable,” Maris said.
Texas Family Project president Brady Gray told Texas Scorecard, “First Baptist Academy did exactly what they should have done. It should not be controversial for Christian organizations, especially a school operated by a church, to stand for what the Bible teaches.”
Gray said Maris’ challenge as to whether her attendance at the drag show was godly or not is “asinine.”
“These performances, especially in the presence of children, are vile and perverse,” added Gray. “Those that disagree or would seek to normalize this behavior have no business shaping the minds of our youth.”
The Texas Legislature passed a measure banning children from attending sexually explicit events this year, which will go into effect September 1, 2023.