88th LegislatureLocal NewsChildren in Attendance at Drag Event in North Texas

Drag shows with children present are continuing to occur in Texas, garnering increasing calls from legislators to ban such events.
January 31, 2023
A drag show bingo event was held at the Deffibaugh Community Center in Princeton on Saturday, January 28. Despite the advertisement for the event claiming that attendees needed to be “18+ to play and 21+ to drink,” video from the event showed minors in the audience.

BlazeTV host Sara Gonzales posted a Twitter video of the event which showed adult men dressed in revealing women’s clothing with young children in attendance.

One of the drag performers is seen in the video toasting the event: “So raise your glasses. Cheers to you. Cheers to me. Cheers to the ones who lick us where we pee.”

Later in the video, children are seen giving money and collecting tips while the drag performers danced provocatively in front of the family-filled audience.

Near the end of the video, as children are collecting money off the ground for the drag performers, the host announces to the crowd, “And thank you to our little helpers running up here picking up her money. That right there is our future, guys.”

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Tayler Hansen reported the event was also being guarded by “armed ANTIFA members.” The video shows two men dressed in black, one in tactical gear and the other in a ski mask, with another man holding a sign that read, “My children are safe(r) with a drag queen than a Catholic priest or Baptist minister.”

The event had a number of protesters from the Texas Family Project outside holding signs.

Texas has seen a recent rise in these “child-friendly, all ages” drag events. In Dallas, the “Drag your Kids to Pride” event prompted a state investigation. A drag brunch in Plano had children in attendance and was presented as evidence at Plano City Hall by Defend Our Kids Texas.

Churches in Texas have not been exempt from hosting “family-friendly” drag shows. A Houston-area church held a “drag bingo” event last September; that church also runs a “Transparent Closet,” described as “a FREE clothing boutique designed for trans and exploring teens, youth and young adults to have a space for clothing needs and beyond.”

The Grace Avenue United Methodist Church in Frisco also held an event hosted by Pride Frisco that was marketed as “family-friendly” and included “entertainment” and “LGBTQIA+ resources.”

The prevalence of these drag show-style events has caught the attention of Texas legislators.

Rep. Bryan Slaton (R-Royse City) issued a statement last year on the topic.

“The events of this past weekend were horrifying and show a disturbing trend in which perverted adults are obsessed with sexualizing young children,” said Slaton.

“Protecting our own children isn’t enough, and our responsibility as lawmakers extends to the sexualization that is happening across Texas.”

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar and his office have investigated various locations that hosted these events, and have requested the Texas Legislature to pass laws prohibiting children from being exposed to these sexualized scenes.

Rep. Nate Schatzline (R-Fort Worth) recently introduced House Bill (HB) 1266, which updates the definition of “sexually oriented business” to include “drag performances” as defined in the bill.


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Cameron Abrams

Cameron Abrams is a reporter for The Texan. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Tabor College and a Master’s Degree from University of the Pacific, Cameron is finishing his doctoral studies where his research focuses on the postmodern philosophical influences in education. In his free time, you will find him listening to a podcast while training for an endurance running event.