At least 7 states want to ban their events with children – El Financiero

Legislators from various US states have recently introduced a series of bills directed against the actions of dragparticularly those with the assistance of children.

Legislators from at least seven states (Arizona, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, Missouri, Tennessee y Texas) have proposed anti-trawling laws in recent months.

this is really newsaid Sarah Warbelow, legal director for the Human Rights Campaign. “Before this, there had been attacks at hours of drag tales in libraries by conservative entities and there had been a lot of criticism, but no legislative attacks.

There was at least 141 protests, threats y anti-violent actionsLGBTQ against drag events and venues in the United States in 2022, according to a report by the LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD.

A bill proposed Friday in Arizona would make it a misdemeanor performing a drag performance in a public place. The change would classify drag as a “adult cabaret performance” similar to the ballerinas o strippers topless, according to the text of the bill.

Other bill filed in state last week would ban the use of state money for drag shows for anyone under the age of 18essentially banning appearances in schools and public libraries.

In November, a Texas legislator introduced a bill which would classify venues that host drag shows as businesses”sexually oriented”, so it is a misdemeanor admit anyone under the age of 18.

Michigan lawmakers last year announced legislation that would allow parents to sue schools for up to 10 thousand dollars themselves organize drag shows.

Republican lawmakers, including Senator from Florida marco rubiohave claimed that drag events, such as story hours where artists read children’s books to children and luncheons for families, are aimed at sexualize children.

I was proud to introduce legislation that would prohibit any type of drag performance that is sexual in nature from taking place anywhere children would be around to see it.”, tweeted Tennessee State Senator Jack Johnson after proposing a ban on drag shows in the state.

Another Tennessee bill seeks classify drag performers as adult performers and require them to obtain licences.

Los Proud Boysa far-right group, has performed at shows and closed several events in California and Texas.

A man attacked an Oklahoma donut shop after it hosted a drag event.

Club Qbased in Colorado, where a deadly shooting killed five people, had hosted a drag performance earlier in the day and was promoting a brunch drag for all ages the next day.

Chris Sanders, executive director of the Tennessee Equality Project, an LGBTQ rights organization, fears the legislation will lead to more incidents.

If the bills pass and dragging is criminalized or relegated to 18 and older spaces, that’s dangerous for artists.“, said.

“It’s also leading to this long-term lie that somehow drag queens and trans people are dangerous for children. Children love costumes and they love imagination and creativity.”

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