As the fight to protect children from sexually explicit drag shows continues through the courts, another drag show targeting children is being hosted in South Texas. 

A drag show called “Art Walk: We Love Corpus Christi” is being held in Downtown Corpus Christi at the House of Rock on Friday, February 2. 

The event—hosted by Azul Entertainment—will feature various local drag queens, including Porcelain (Eli Rose), Gemini B York (John Wootres), Desiree Brooks, and Dino Andrews York—whose Facebook posts show sexually explicit content. 

According to the original flyer, the performance is open to all ages.

Shortly after Texas Family Project and Defend Our Kids TX shared the flyer, the group removed the phrase “family friendly.” However, TFP confirmed over the phone that the venue will still allow children into the building. 

Brady Gray, president of Texas Family Project, told Texas Scorecard that TFP has launched action alerts to the city in response to the drag show. 

“Yet again Texans are faced with a disgusting ‘all-age’ drag performance. This is all due to a federal judge placing an injunction on SB-12 which would have stopped this evil. The 5th circuit must move quickly in affirming the law and stopping these vile acts,” said Gray. “Texas Family Project has launched action alerts against the event in Corpus Christi, we have called and asked the venue to not host such an event. Sadly, our pleas have been met with disdain and profanity. The good people of Corpus Christi should ban together and let these people know this behavior is not welcome.” 

“I pray bold leaders will emerge to put a stop to this and Texas Family Project will do everything we can to support those movements,” he added. 

During the 88th Regular Legislative Session, State Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) passed Senate Bill 12 in an effort to combat sexually explicit performances in front of minors. SB 12 prohibits sexually oriented performances for children under 18 years old. It was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott and took effect on September 1. 

Shortly after Abbott signed the measure, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas sued the state, saying the law violated constitutionally protected speech.

On the day the law was supposed to take effect, a Reagan-appointed federal judge, David Hittner, ruled in favor of the ACLU’s lawsuit, allowing drag queens to continue performing sexually explicit events for children. 

After Hittner granted a temporary restraining order on the new law, he issued a permanent injunction, preventing violators from being subjected to up to $10,000 in fines per offense.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and filed a motion to stay that injunction. However, the case has not yet been ruled on. 

Texas Scorecard recently reported on another group in Midland, Texas who attempted to throw an “all ages” Barbie-themed drag show. After the event was put in the spotlight and concerned citizens contacted the venue, it was “temporarily postponed.”

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.