Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Ark. Wants to Ban Kids from Attending Drag Queen Shows

‘It’s destroying these kids’ innocence…’

(Dmytro “Henry” AleksandrovHeadline USA) An Arkansas bill wants to formally classify drag performances as “adult-oriented business” and ban children from attending them so that leftist sexual degenerates and deviants can’t use the events to groom and indoctrinate kids.

Senate Bill 43 would also have limits on where the shows could take place, according to Timcast.

The legislation that was sponsored by Arkansas Sen. Gary Stubblefield and Rep. Mary Bentley described drag performances as when one or more performers “exhibits a gender identity that is different from the performer’s gender assigned at birth using clothing, makeup or other accessories that are traditionally worn by members of and are meant to exaggerate the gender identity of the performer’s opposite sex.”

The bill also defined a sexually degenerate show as an event where a performer “sings, lip-synchs, dances or otherwise performs before an audience of at least two (2) persons for entertainment, whether performed for payment or not” and is “intended to appeal to the prurient interest.”

“It’s destroying these kids’ innocence,” Stubblefield said to 4029 News. “They’re no longer kids. They’re seeing things that they shouldn’t be seeing.”

According to Arkansas law, a business targeted toward adults can’t be located or take place on public property or where a child can see content that one is not supposed to see.

“It’s prohibiting any drag queen performance in front of where minors are present,” Bentley said.

Megan Tullock, a director of programs and advocacy for NWA Equality, suggested that the legislation created to defend children against pedophiles could eventually lead to impacting LGBT activist Pride parades and, therefore, somehow, violate free speech.

“Even having nothing to do with the youth zone that does include drag performance, our main stage, which is outside, has drag performers on it and that would not be possible because it’s an outdoor space that kids have access to,” she said.

The bill will now heads to the City, County and Local Affairs Committee after it was introduced on Monday. It may pass with the majority of conservatives in both the State House and Senate.

The creation of the bill followed the viral sexually explicit performance in Austin, Texas, and the Florida government investigating it.

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