Representative Bryan Slaton, who is also running for Texas House District 2, is going to propose legislation that would ban children from sexually-oriented businesses. This legislation proposal comes after the “Drag the Kids to Pride” event in Dallas, Texas.
The “Drag the Kids to Pride” event was based on a strip club setting. Drag queens danced down the center of the bar and even accepted dollar bills from children.
After the event, a community member said, “I live in this community. I have for several years. I don’t believe that I should be seeing signs advertising for children to be dancing on stage with men in thongs and in inappropriate clothing and makeup. I do not in any way condone the behavior that these people are engaging in, but what drags me out here is its kids now.”
The event sparked outrage across the country.
Slaton said that he intends to “file legislation protecting kids from drag shows and other inappropriate displays as soon as the next legislative session begins.”
Slaton won his primary with 83% and doesn’t have a Democrat opponent.
Slaton said, “So, we’re actually looking at three or four different ways to do this. Because it just isn’t appropriate for children to be in front of drag. I mean, I haven’t had anyone say it’s appropriate for children to be in front of strippers and putting dollar bills in their underwear. And this is grown men dancing around in women’s underwear and children were putting money in there. I mean it’s totally inappropriate for children.”
It’s well known that children don’t belong in bars and adult-themed establishments and the bill would make sure that children are legally banned from the places of business.
Slaton added, “We have sexually oriented businesses for adults only. And this is where children were, very young children. Some of them are 10 years old and younger. One child was probably 2 or 3 years old sitting on their parent’s lap.”
Slaton said that these were “grooming events” and could ultimately hurt child development. Taking away the innocence of a child, which is what the event did, is a terrible thing.