After a “Drag the Kids to Pride” drag show at a Dallas gay bar over the weekend, where children were subjected to nearly naked drag queens dancing up the aisle and were even invited to join them, Texans have expressed outrage that the event was allowed to take place.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spoke out against the practice to Texas Scorecard, saying, “Children shouldn’t be taken to see a drag show—it’s ridiculous.” Patrick also said the issue served as “another example of extreme leftist behavior that will not be tolerated in Texas.”
Two of Texas’ state leaders, however, have been silent on the issue.
Four days after the event took place, Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dade Phelan still haven’t commented on the sexually explicit event.
This is even as a proposal from State Rep. Bryan Slaton (R–Royse City) seeking to ban drag shows for minors has gained national attention, leading state lawmakers in other states to say they would file similar bills.
In Florida, State Rep. Anthony Sabatini said he would follow Slaton’s lead and file a bill to ban inappropriate displays in front of minors. While Gov. Abbott has been silent, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has said he would consider the legislation.
“I think our state, in Florida, we need to be a family-friendly state. We need to be a good state for people to be able to raise a family, get a high-quality education, have a lot of opportunities without having some political agenda shoved down their throats,” said DeSantis.
Meanwhile, members of the Texas House Freedom Caucus wrote a letter to Democrat Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot, requesting that he investigate last weekend’s event. In their letter, the caucus also promised to “make it clear to everyone in Texas that these types of events that serve to sexualize children are unwanted, illegal, and will be met with the full force of the Texas law.”