Later this month, an “all-ages” Christmas-themed drag show tour will stop in Texas, beginning in Amarillo at the city’s taxpayer-funded Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.

The event, entitled “A Drag Queen Christmas,” is one of 36 stops on the Murray & Peter drag queen Christmas tour, which features multiple crossdressing men performing on stage and lip-synching to popular songs. The company will also host shows in other Texas cities, including El Paso, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas.

The Amarillo show is scheduled for November 29 and will feature drag queens Nina West, who authored a children’s book entitled “The You Kind of Kind,” and Trinity “The Tuck” Taylor as hosts. The event also offers a meet and greet, where audience members can interact with the drag queens before the show; this is open to all ages, which means minors can attend.

However, an advertisement for the event promises that the Christmas-themed show is “guaranteed to get you in the naughty holiday spirit.”

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, children have been filmed at several similar events stuffing dollar bills into drag queens’ underwear. Earlier this year, one such drag show 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.”

Amarillo’s Christmas-themed “all-ages” drag show will be taxpayer-funded, as the event’s venue, the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, is part of the city’s Civic Center Complex. The City of Amarillo came under fire earlier this year after attempting to create a new civic center complex with a $275 million tax anticipation note debt issuance.

In reaction to this month’s show, former White House physician and U.S. Congressman Ronny Jackson (R-TX) condemned “all-ages” drag shows and called for the event’s cancellation.

“I just learned there will be a drag show coming to Amarillo where YOUNG CHILDREN will be allowed and encouraged to attend,” said Jackson. “This is SICK. Children SHOULD NOT be allowed to attend events like this. This needs to be SHUT DOWN immediately!”

Texas Family Project President Chris Hopper also condemned the drag show’s Christmas theme for its “perversion” of the Christian holiday.

“Not only are drag shows a perversion of the natural creation of man and woman, now we have this perversion creeping into our sacred holidays where we celebrate the birth of the Messiah,” said Hopper. “This debauchery and chaos has no place in any religious environment nor involving any sacred holiday. This is yet another low in the world of perverted grown men adding nothing to our society but rather taking away from it.”

Katy Marshall

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