“Drag shows are no place for a child.”
Those are the words of Texas state Rep. Bryan Slaton (R), who this week announced plans to introduce legislation to protect children from being exposed to drag queen shows — a proposal that follows disturbing footage showing children present at a Dallas drag event advertised as “fit for guests of all ages.”
Video of the concerning show circulated on social media:
An Eventbrite description of the show, which was at a bar, billed the event as “the ultimate family-friendly pride experience” and “a family-friendly spin-off of our famed Champagne Drag Brunch, with our resident DJ Charlie Phresh playing some of your favorite hits while host Nicole O’Hara Munro brings together some of the best drag entertainers around!”
Slaton described the heavily criticized show as “horrifying” and called it part of a “disturbing trend.”
“The events of this past weekend were horrifying and show a disturbing trend in which perverted adults are obsessed with sexualizing young children,” he said in a statement. “As a father of two young children, I would never take my children to a drag show and I know [Texas House] Speaker Dade Phelan and the rest of my Republican colleagues wouldn’t either. Protecting our own children isn’t enough, and our responsibility as lawmakers extends to the sexualization that is happening across Texas.”
“I promised my voters that I would stand up for their values and fight to protect Texas kids,” the politician continued. “I was re-elected on that promise and I intend to keep it by authoring legislation to defend kids from being subjected to drag shows and other inappropriate events. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this important legislation.”
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As is to be expected, the proposal did not go over well with Slaton’s Democratic counterparts.
Texas state Rep. Jessica González (D), the vice-chair of the Texas House LGBTQ+ Caucus, rebuked Slaton for prioritizing protecting kids from drag shows over passing gun control.
“This isn’t about protecting children, it’s about further censoring the LGBTQ+ community and taking more rights away from parents,” she said. “Let’s actually protect children by passing common-sense gun control.”
A reporter for NBC Los Angeles, Alex Rozier, replied to Slaton’s proposal, writing, “It’s sad that this is an apparent priority in a state where 19 children were just murdered.”
The promotion of transgenderism — which contradicts God’s design for biblical sexuality — is increasingly difficult to escape, particularly for children.
According to CBN News, the toymaker Mattel announced it is releasing a Barbie doll in the likeness of a transgender actor who is a male but identifies as a female. The celebrity, 50-year-old Laverne Cox, worked with Mattel to design the brand’s first transgender-identified doll.
“It’s been a dream for years to work with Barbie to create my own doll,” Cox said. “I can’t wait for fans to find my doll on shelves and have the opportunity to add a Barbie doll modeled after a transgender person to their collection.”
Lisa McKnight, executive vice president and global head of Barbies and dolls at Mattel, said the company is “proud to highlight the importance of inclusion and acceptance at every age and recognize Laverne’s significant impact on culture with a Tribute Collection Barbie.”
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