One week after pro-family organizations condemned Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar for “dragging his feet” on his investigation into a Dallas gay bar that hosted an explicit “all-ages” drag show earlier this year, Hegar is staying silent.
In June, Mr. Misster in Dallas hosted a “Drag the Kids to Pride” event, where scantily clad men dressed as women danced suggestively in front of children. One video from the event showcased children handing drag queens dollar bills and walking onstage in front of a neon sign reading, “It’s not gonna lick itself!”
Citizens asked Comptroller Hegar to investigate the bar, as Texas law requires that sexually oriented businesses pay a per-patron fee to the state and cannot allow minors in attendance.
In August, Hegar announced his office would investigate the bar, saying he was “disturbed” by images of the event and that it was “inconsistent with our Texas values.”
More than two months later, however, nothing has been announced concerning the investigation, which led led Texas Family Project President Chris Hopper and American Principles Project President Terry Schilling to condemn Hegar for inaction on the issue.
“Texas families are beyond frustrated—they are totally appalled,” said Hopper and Schilling in a joint statement. “Children have a right to be protected from grooming and sexualization. Hegar’s failure to act has harmed hundreds of Texas kids. By refusing to take action to hold businesses accountable to the law, Glenn Hegar is giving groomers more time and freedom to abuse Texas kids.”
One week after that letter, however, there has been no comment from Hegar on the status of the investigation, despite repeated requests for comment from Texas Scorecard.
Hopper says the silence may say it all.
“Kids are still being subjected to perverse drag shows here in the Lone Star State,” said Hopper. “Going silent is not a good look from Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on the topic of sexualizing kids. Texans are watching and waiting for Glenn Hegar to fight for the Texas family, and his response is very telling.”