State Rep. Nate Schatzline, a Republican from Fort Worth, has filed House Bill 1266, which would ban so-called “family-friendly” drag shows. The bill would amend the Business and Commerce Code to include drag shows as a sexually oriented business, meaning minors would no longer be able to attend.

“With HB 1266, Texas children will be prevented from being exposed to overly sexual content that will rob them of their innocence for the sake of furthering radical ideologies,” Schatzline said.

Although drag shows have been around for years, there have been countless hyper-sexual “all-ages” drag shows across Texas over the past few months.

Texas Scorecard has released a new documentary titled “It’s Not Gonna Lick Itself,” which covers the recent eruption of hyper-sexualized drag shows targeting children around Texas.

In an attempt to combat “family-friendly” drag shows, Protect Texas Kids—whose mission is to protect Texas children from the harmful agenda of the left—has been holding counter-protests against the shows.

Kelly Neidert, the executive director of Protect Texas Kids, says she is in full support of the bill, as banning these shows will protect children from harmful and explicit content.

“The rise of these supposed ‘family-friendly’ drag shows is disturbing, and banning them is a great way to protect our kids from harmful, explicit content,” Neidert said. “These shows are inherently sexual and there is never any reason children should be allowed to attend.”

Schatzline’s bill is accompanied by House Bill 643 filed by State Rep. Jared Patterson (R–Frisco), House Bill 708 filed by State Rep. Matt Shaheen (R–Plano), and Senate Bill 476 filed by State Sen. Bryan Hughes (R–Mineola). All of these bills would include drag shows to be identified as a sexually oriented business.

Concerned citizens can contact their elected officials to ask how they will vote to protect the innocence of Texas children.

Emily Wilkerson

Emily is a summer fellow for Texas Scorecard. She is a senior at the University of Oklahoma, studying journalism with a minor in political science. She enjoys investigative journalism and making sure that every side of a story is being told.

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