On Friday, the House of Eternas—“San Antonio’s premiere BIPOC alternative drag troupe”—is hosting an “all-ages” drag show that will include a toy drive and showing of “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.”
The Island of Misfit Toys Drive & Drag Show will be hosted by Miss Taint, with performances by Siren LaCoast, Taryn Tino, Sélah V, Ez Brezzy, Mx Smokey Bear, and BloodyBlush.
It will take place at The Starlighter, a music and event venue that boasts “the best experiences for you and your family.” It advertises markets with local vendors, concerts, and “fantastic drag shows.”
The Starlighter advertised Friday’s event by saying, “You do NOT want to miss this show! $10 gets you in & 1 drink ticket! Bring an unwrapped unused toy & get $5 off entry.”
Over the past few months, citizens across the state have sounded the alarm over children attending drag shows, which often feature scantily clad men crossdressing and dancing provocatively.
Although many establishments advertise their drag shows as “family friendly” and open to all ages, there is video footage of children at several similar events stuffing dollar bills into drag queens’ underwear.
In fact, a drag show earlier this year at a Dallas gay bar featured children walking on stage with drag queens in front of a sign reading “It’s not gonna lick itself.”
Texas Family Project President Chris Hopper said, “This is child abuse.”
The Texas GOP has designated “Stop Sexualizing Texas Kids” as a legislative priority for the upcoming 88th Legislative Session.
State Reps. Jared Patterson (R–Frisco) and Matt Shaheen (R–Plano) have filed companion legislation to include drag performances under the definition of a sexually oriented business, which would prohibit attendance by children.
The 88th Legislative Session begins January 10, 2023.
Concerned citizens may contact their elected officials to register their concerns.