Canadian Official Pushes Free Speech Ban Near Drag Performances

While many Americans criticize the modern left for pushing an extreme LGBT agenda, it appears that Canadian officials are committed to taking the issue even further.

In the relatively conservative province Ontario this week, a far-left political party advanced a proposal that would criminalize “offensive” comments aimed at drag performers.

Ontario New Democratic Party member Kristyn Wong-Tam, who serves in Parliament and as chairperson of the 2SLGBTQ+ Community Advisory Committee in Toronto, called on Ontario politicians to support laws restricting free speech when directed at men who dress as women.

Claiming that the issue is “deadly serious,” Wong-Tam added referenced the supposed “rise of hate and violence facing the 2SLGBTQI+ communities, including drag artists” as justification for the bold initiative.

If approved, the new provision would establish an arbitrary 100-meter perimeter — roughly 328 feet — around any event officials choose that would outlaw “any homophobic, transphobic act of intimidation, threat, offensive threats, offensive remarks, protest, disturbance, and distribution of hate propaganda within the meaning of the criminal code.”

Violators could face a fine of $25,000 in Canadian dollars, which is just under $18,600 in U.S. dollars.

“Drag artists, their audiences, the businesses and the facilities that host those drag performances have been put at risk,” Wong-Tam said during a press conference surrounded by a group of drag performers.

One of those men, Jon Dobbie, was dressed as his drag alter ego Crystal Quartz and recounted the alleged online hate he received after participating in performances where children were in the audience.

“They then started showing up to all of my events, screaming at parents and myself saying they were groomers, pedophiles and a bunch of other homophobic slurs to make everyone there feel unsafe to attend,” Dobbie said. “These acts of intimidation now made our safe spaces feel unsafe.”

In the U.S., a number of Republican-led states have taken action against the recent uptick in drag queens engaging in suggestive or sexually explicit performances for an audience of children.

Tennessee state Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson introduced such in November and Gov. Bill Lee signed it into law earlier this year.

“I was proud to file legislation that would ban any type of drag show that is sexual in nature from being performed in any place where kids will be around to see it,” Johnson explained. “I’ll always stand up for [Tennessee] kids and ensure our communities are safe for [Tennessee] families.”