Grassroots organizations including Texas Family Project, True Texas Project, and the Texas GOP have all announced that one of their top priorities for the upcoming session is to end “all-ages” and “family-friendly” drag shows.

With the 88th Legislative Session beginning in less than a week, grassroots organizations are finalizing their top priorities, explaining how they can be solved, and setting expectations for the new legislature.

Following a vote during its convention last year, the Texas GOP announced that voters want to end the sexualization of children—this includes children attending pedophilic drag events. TFP and TTP say they will continue to fight for an end to drag shows for children.

TFP President Chris Hopper told Texas Scorecard that they plan to work alongside “powerhouse champions” such as State Reps. Bryan Slaton (R–Royse City), Nate Schatzline (R–Fort Worth), and Tony Tinderholt (R–Arlington) to “push bills that will help the Texas family be safe from this chaos.”

Fran Rhodes, president of TTP, said that their goal is to work with other grassroots organizations and Republican state representatives to “ensure that minor children are prohibited from attending sexually explicit entertainment events, specifically drag queen events.”

Bills have already been filed in the Texas Senate to block children from attending disturbing drag events like the ones that have taken place in the last year.

State Reps. Matt Shaheen (R–Plano) and Jared Patterson (R–Frisco) filed duplicate companion measures in the House, House Bill 708 and House Bill 643.

TTP and TFP will continue their work with state representatives across Texas on bills that would halt drag events for children.

Rhodes explained that she has more hope for banning drag events for children than any other legislative priority of TTP. Similarly, Hopper says he and his organization have extremely high hopes for protecting children this session.

“With all these moving parts working in symphony together, this will allow us the muscle to enforce laws that would hold individuals and organizations accountable when they hurt the family,” Hopper told Texas Scorecard. “To be quite honest, we have never been more excited for a legislative session than we are for this one. Big things will happen this year, and the families of the Lone Star State will benefit tremendously!”

The 88th Legislative Session will begin on January 10.

Soli Rice

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