A Fort Worth venue hosting a slew of drag shows open to minors hosted its weekly show where performers were seen dancing sexually and wearing provocative clothing. 

The bar and restaurant named Red Goose Saloon sits in downtown Fort Worth’s Sundance Square and frequently hosts drag shows. Its current show, “Moondance Drag Brunch,” will be hosted every Sunday until May 1. 

According to the event’s organizers, the drag show is recommended for audiences 16 years of age or older. However, the Red Goose Saloon posted on social media that parents can bring children under 16 to the show and told a concerned individual to not “police other people’s decisions.”

Now, new video footage from inside the venue shows the performers dancing sexually and wearing lingerie while asking for cash tips from the audience. 

The Dallas Express reported Sunday that venue staff did not ask attendees to produce identification at the door and that the venue was mostly empty, with only 11 people showing up. From the video footage, no minors could be seen attending the show. 

Courtesy of Texas Family Project

A week prior, Texas Family Project attended the March 17 drag show. Texas Scorecard reviewed the video footage provided by TFP and found a fairly empty room with the cross-dressing performers lip-syncing to songs and parading around in tight and revealing clothing. In some of the videos, vulgar language was used profusely and the performers could be seen taking shots of alcohol. No minors could be seen in the audience.

Courtesy of Texas Family Project

Brady Gray, president of Texas Family Project, told Texas Scorecard that despite calls for the group to end the shows, they have no plans to stop them. 

“This group out of Fort Worth has no plans of stopping these vile shows. They even went so far as to question those in attendance on whether or not kids should be allowed at their events and demand an answer,” said Gray. “We are thankful for leadership in Fort Worth who have called for an end to this but recognize that it is the legislature that must take further action to defend our kids. We continue to ask the 5th Circuit to take up the appeal of SB 12 and end the sexualization of Texas kids.” 

During the 88th Legislative Session, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 12, which would prohibit sexually oriented performances in front of minors. However, after Gov. Greg Abbott signed the measure into law, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas sued the state to halt it from taking effect. 

A federal judge ruled in favor of the ACLU and granted a permanent injunction against enforcing the new law, preventing violators from being subjected to fines of up to $10,000 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 appellate court has not yet ruled on the case. 

The next show at the Red Goose Saloon is set to take place on Easter Sunday. 

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.

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