ROANOKE, TX—Over the weekend, the DFW-area Anderson Distillery and Grill hosted an “all ages welcome” drag show.

Drag queen Trisha Delish (the owner’s son) hosted the “Barrel Babes Drag Brunch,” which featured several other scantily clad drag queens dancing and performing lip-syncing routines. On social media, the owner praised his “team and the inclusive environment we’re creating.”

However, several pro-family grassroots organizations, like Protect Texas Kids and the Texas Family Project, encouraged citizens to petition the Anderson Distillery and Grill to raise the event’s age limit, raising concerns for the “innocence of children.” After the establishment refused, Protect Texas Kids organized a protest outside the venue.

According to the protest’s attendees, several heavily armed Antifa militants stood guard outside the “family-friendly” drag show.

Political commentator Sara Gonzales and investigative journalist Tayler Hansen estimated that more than 20 children attended the sold-out drag brunch.

Gonzales also reported several safety concerns surrounding the event, including fire code violations and staff providing minors with “drinking-age verified” wristbands.

While at the drag brunch, Hansen recorded his conversation with a Keller ISD middle school teacher who said several of the district’s teachers removed social media posts promoting the event after receiving backlash.

Notably, she also complained about the school board’s decision to review library books for explicit material and expressed support for her “non-binary” students.

“I know a lot of these people are teachers from our district … just fighting for the rights for these students to be able to learn and have access to material that represents them,” said the teacher. “I have several non-binary students. And whether or not they intend to remain non-binary, or whether or not they’re exploring gender … it’s up to them, and it’s not a problem. Like, where is the problem?”

With Texas’ next legislative session less than six months away, Texas State Rep. Bryan Slaton (R–Royse City) promised to work with Texas Family Project and create legislation banning “family-friendly” drag shows, saying events like these are “no place for children.”

Texas Family Project President Chris Hopper also attended the “Barrel Babes Drag Brunch” protest and called for Texans to protect children from sexualization and indoctrination.

“What were your festivities this past Sunday? Maybe church, a family barbecue, a little golf with friends,” said Hopper.

“At Anderson Distillery and Grill, their Sunday afternoon consisted of kids looking up the skirts of scantily clad, grown, perverted men and kids putting cash into the spandex of said individuals. The Texas Family Project was on the front lines. We saw firsthand the chaos that ensued. This sexualized and grotesque event encouraged kids of all ages to show up and participate. Remember, the only thing necessary for evil to thrive is for good men to do nothing! Texans, rip your heads out of the sand and get involved.”

Katy Marshall

Katy graduated from Tarleton State University in 2021 after majoring in history and minoring in political science.