Lawmaker jokes about making ‘Drag Queen 101’ a school requirement

Drag Queen Storytime
‘Miss Kitty Litter’ reading to children during a ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ at the Austin Public Library in Austin, Texas. |

A California state lawmaker has joked about making the controversial “Drag Queen Story Time” trend a requirement for the K-12 program in schools, a response to a Texas lawmaker who wants to ban children from participate in or attend drag shows.

Senator Scott Wiener, a Democrat who represents San Francisco, tweeted the suggestion on Tuesday in response to a pledge of Texas Republican Representative Bryan Slaton to introduce legislation that would ban drag shows and other sexually inappropriate displays in the presence of children in his state.

Slaton came up with the idea on Monday, two days after videos of a “family” drag event at gay bar Mr. Misster in Dallas went viral.

Referring to Slaton’s statement, Wiener replied“This guy just gave me a bill idea: offering Drag Queen 101 as part of the K-12 program. Attending Drag Queen Story Time will satisfy the requirement.”

Slaton replied to Wiener: “This man is a California legislator. He is clearly ill. Please join me in praying for him.”

Wiener told Fox News the tweet was a joke. The post remained online Thursday morning. Wiener’s office did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday by The Christian Post.

Weiner, who is openly gay, is chairman of the California Senate Housing Committee and previously chaired the California LGBTQ Legislative Caucus.

The lawmaker is known to have previously sponsored SB 145, a bill that removes the requirement for adults to register as a sex offender after engaging in certain sexual acts with minors within a 10 age difference. year.

Following its passage in 2020, Wiener’s office insisted that SB 145 “does not legalize any type of sex with a minor or change the potential penalty for having sex with a minor.

“Instead, the bill simply gives judges the ability to assess whether or not to require registration as a sex offender.”

Wiener’s office maintained that California law does not require adults who have had vaginal intercourse with a minor between the ages of 14 and 17 to be placed on the sex offender registry. On the other hand, state law required that all adults who had oral and anal sex with minors be placed on a sex offender registry.

“This distinction in the law – which is irrational at best … disproportionately targets LGBTQ youth for mandatory sex offender registration for the forms of sex they engage in.”

Wiener was also on hand for this year’s annual “Hunky Jesus” Easter costume contest in San Francisco, which included an egg hunt for children and a variety show featuring men in drag and performances by several artists. local.

He tweeted that the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the self-proclaimed “order of queer and trans nuns” that organizes the event, “do so much for our community and help us remember what the spirit of San Francisco is – celebrating this beautiful tapestry of a city.”

Other states are considering legislative action in the wake of the Dallas drag show controversy. In Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has indicated he would be open to legislation that would ban bringing children into the state for drag shows.

Calling the Dallas event “really, really disturbing,” DeSantis lamented the efforts “targeting these kids with all this” during a press conference Wednesday.

“Before, kids were off limits,” DeSantis said. “Previously everyone was okay with that and now it seems there’s a concerted effort to expose kids more and more to things that aren’t age-appropriate.”

DeSantis’ remarks about the Dallas drag show followed a reporter’s question about Republican State Rep. Anthony Sabatini’s call for a “special emergency session” to ban drag shows for the children.

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