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Drag Queens: Florida Venues Fear DeSantis, Shutting Down Performances

  

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Via:  jbb  •  last year  •  18 comments

By:   Chris Panella (Business Insider)

Drag Queens: Florida Venues Fear DeSantis, Shutting Down Performances
"They're hitting us in our wallets. They want us to be broke and they want everyone to be afraid of us," one Florida drag queen said.

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  • Florida drag queens say the GOP's push to restrict performances is hitting them in their wallets.
  • Venues are canceling performances as Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration has tried to punish venues.
  • Recently, the state moved to pull the liquor license of a hotel that hosted a drag event.

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Florida drag queens say recent pushes by Republicans to restrict and limit performances across the state are already forcing them out of work.

"I can't tell you the amount of friends of mine who have lost their jobs because the venue just said, 'Hey, we don't want to risk it,'" Orlando-based drag performer Mr Ms Adrien — who asked to go by their stage name — told Insider.

Adrien said the businesses have real fears that lead to these cancellations, such as protests from anti-LGBTQ+ groups, staff safety, and even death threats to performers themselves.

There are also concerns about upcoming legislation that could have impacts on drag, including 10 anti-LGBTQ+ bills that the ACLU of Florida is tracking.

But one recent incident is leading, in particular, is leading venues to reconsider offering drag performances, they said. Last week, the DeSantis administration moved to revoke the liquor license of Hyatt Regency Miami after it hosted a Christmas drag show where children were present, even though state undercover agents found nothing "lewd" about it.

Advocates such as Equality Florida say the incident is an example of the DeSantis administration "selectively weaponizing state agencies" to target drag performers and venues that are not harmful for children.

The move is already having a chilling effect, and Adrien said it's helping scare other venues from offering drag performances and pushing drag queens from participating in shows for fear of retaliation.

"They're just trying to paint a picture that isn't real," they said. "And they're hitting us in our wallets, where it counts. They want us to be broke and they want everybody to be afraid of us."

DeSantis' press secretary, Bryan Griffin said in a statement to Insider: "Sexually explicit content is not appropriate to display to children and doing so violates Florida law. Governor DeSantis stands up for the innocence of children in the classroom and throughout Florida."

Venus Envy, an Orlando-based drag queen, told Insider drag performers have more recently performed at venues "that are not exclusively for the LGBTQ+ community," such as "mainstream bars, restaurants, and theatres."

"If hosting drag shows puts these venues at risk of losing their liquor license, they will no longer be willing to host us, and that leaves us with fewer opportunities for work," they added.

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JBB
Professor Principal
1  seeder  JBB    last year

original

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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1.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JBB @1    last year

Were most of those that hurt children in Oklahoma, Catholics?

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
1.1.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @1.1    last year

Do you really need my attention that badly?

Do try to come up with something clever...

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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1.1.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JBB @1.1.1    last year

Clever?  No, simple question.

 
 
 
Jack_TX
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1.1.3  Jack_TX  replied to  JBB @1.1.1    last year
Do try to come up with something clever...

The irony.....

 
 
 
JBB
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1.1.4  seeder  JBB  replied to  Jack_TX @1.1.3    last year

original

 
 
 
bbl-1
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2  bbl-1    last year

In some cases the residue of the MAGA looking for a place to hang their Chinese made hats are to be feared by more than the 'Drag Folk'.  DeSantis plays them like a cheap kazoo.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  bbl-1 @2    last year

Why do you think that they lack space to hang their hats?

 
 
 
bbl-1
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2.1.1  bbl-1  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2.1    last year

You didn't really waste the 'type' on that, did you?

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.1.2  Tessylo  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2.1    last year

If DickSantis gets his way the drag folk won't have any place where they can perform and not be persecuted.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2.1.3  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  bbl-1 @2.1.1    last year

Waste the type?  Do you not understand vertual? 

 
 
 
pat wilson
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2.1.4  pat wilson  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2.1.3    last year

You might have time to fix that.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2.1.5  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  pat wilson @2.1.4    last year

Thanks, but too late to fix the typo.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2.1.6  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.2    last year

No where, how so?

 
 
 
JBB
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3  seeder  JBB    last year

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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4  Greg Jones    last year

I guess the pushback from decent people got going when, for some reason, the lefties decided to try to normalize behavior that adults have no problem with, and try to foist this kind of "family fun" upon minor children who don't have the maturity to process or understand it. There's that, and then there is the pressure on little kids to question what gender they are, by certain sick individuals, who should know better. Why do progressives hate little kids so much and try to groom them to accept anything they were told. Hitler tried that same tactic....

 

 
 
 
JBB
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4.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Greg Jones @4    last year

original

 
 
 
Ronin2
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4.1.1  Ronin2  replied to  JBB @4.1    last year

The absolute irony.

But conservatives are not the only censors. Governor of California Gavin Newsom inadvertently if rather hilariously made this point when he posted a picture of himself "reading some banned books to figure out" what Republican states "are so afraid of." Apparently no one told him that the stack of books in the photo included one banned in the state he leads, To Kill a Mockingbird, which was banned from California schools on the grounds that it contained racism.

Today, the Left wages its own crusade against authors, publishers, and teachers. Moms for Liberty has a Left-wing mirror image in We Need Diverse Books and Disrupt Texts , groups at the forefront of movements trying to cancel, rewrite, and otherwise censor picture books , young adult novels , and American classics taught in K-12 schools.

Around the time Dr. Seuss's books were pulled from library and bookstore shelves, Newsweek reported that videos of liberals burning Harry Potter books were "spreading like wildfire across TikTok." In one video, a book burner condemns the "racism" and "harmful fatphobia" in J.K. Rowling's most famous work.

But banning books is not just the product of right-wing intolerance. Many liberal parents don’t want their children to encounter the N-word anywhere, not even in what is in my view the greatest American novel, “Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain. And so they fight to ban a novel that eloquently and passionately attacks racism in 19th-century America.

“Of Mice and Men,” an important short novel by John Steinbeck, is also frequently challenged because of its supposed racial stereotyping, even though it’s a profound and humane book that raises issues every teenager should be asked to consider.

The popular SkippyJon Jones books by Judy Schachner – a whimsical series about a flamboyant cat who dresses up as a chihuahua – has also been on the condemned list. SkippyJon calls himself a “bandito” and sometimes puts an “o” at the end of English words to sound Mexican. Some liberal book banners call this stereotyping, and because Schachner isn’t Mexican, they accuse her of “appropriating” things from a culture that isn’t hers.

Leftists continue to ignore the bad people in their ranks.

 
 

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