This summer, “family-friendly” drag shows swept the nation, with a Dallas gay bar’s event grabbing the attention of Texans. 

While some leftist groups actively defend the bars and restaurants hosting these drag shows, many on the right continue to try and protect children from the sexual displays.

Hamburger Mary’s, a Houston restaurant, is known for hosting “family-friendly” drag shows. On Sunday, Kelly Neidert and others from Protect Texas Kids (a North Texas nonprofit aiming to protect young children from the left’s indoctrination) traveled to Houston to protest against the drag show.

“We went out to protest yesterday because Hamburger Mary’s has been allowing children inside of their drag shows for the last couple of years, and they also had a registered sex offender working there at one point,” Neidert told Texas Scorecard.

The coordinated protest against the drag show sparked outrage from the local antifa community and other leftists, who claimed drag shows are harmless and innocent. 

Among the group were signs that read “Hail Satan” and “God is Gay,” as well as signs calling Neidert and the other protestors Christian fascists and bigots.

Other leftists took to Twitter to express their anger toward the protestors, with one account posting, “This is satisfying. Antifascist crowd protecting a drag show in Houston shouts down Kelly Neidert and her band of bigots.”


With children being allowed to watch drag shows and read books designed to teach K-12 children about gender ideology, conservative values are under attack. Neidert says that’s the reason her organization will continue to protest. 

“We hope that by continuing these protests, parents will begin to rethink taking their children and restaurants will begin to rethink allowing kids. Our long-term goal is to get legislation passed that bans children from attending these sexually explicit shows,” said Neidert. 

Their call hasn’t gone unnoticed; State Rep. Bryan Slaton (R–Royse City) has said he will propose legislation next session to ban children from going to drag shows. 

“Drag shows are no place for a child. I would never take my children to a drag show and I know Speaker Dade Phelan and my Republican colleagues wouldn’t either,” said Slaton.”

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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