After spending two years “protecting” students from trans kids competing in sports and “protecting” kids from the word “gay,” Florida officials could go after parents who take their kids to drag shows.
Republican State Rep. Anthony Sabatini heard about the Pride On the Block: Drag Show For Kids up in West Palm Beach and went to Twitter to fan the flames of outrage, tweeting, “Drag Sex Shows aimed at children have come to Florida I will be proposing Legislation to charge with a felony and terminate the parental rights of any adult who brings a child to these perverted sex shows aimed at Florida kids. When will the sexualization of children stop?”
Sabatini represents a district northwest of Orlando.
When asked about the legal escalation against parents, Gov. Ron DeSantis said that Florida has laws to protect children and that investigations into parents may go forward if complaints are made.
It should be noted the show in question was designed to be family friendly and distinctly non-sexual. A Drag Time Story Hour is also scheduled as part of Stonewall Pride this coming weekend.
Not to be left out, Texas is also manufacturing similar outrage. Texas State Rep. Bryan Slaton made broad attacks and accusations against the LGBT community.
In announcing the legislation, he wrote, “The events of this past weekend were horrifying and show a disturbing trend in which perverted adults are obsessed with sexualizing young children.”
Backlash to the attacks has been swift, with people pointing out that banning the word gay in schools, aka “Don’t Say Gay,” was based on protecting parental rights. Now the state wants to tell parents what kind of shows they can take their children to see.
Some are calling for an emergency session of the legislature to enact the bills just in time for the election. If that doesn’t happen, the parent-targeting legislation could be the next hot-button item for next session.