Legislation prohibiting parents from bringing their children to drag shows

A Florida lawmaker is considering drafting legislation to prevent children from attending drag shows. WPBF’s Tara Jakeway is in West Palm Beach with more. Tara? State Representative Anthony Sabatini said a recent children’s drag show in Texas outraged him. “You probably have a super majority of voters in Florida who would be okay with showing us a place for adults if they want to go, that’s their decision, but it’s not a place for kids” , said Sabatini. It kicks off the debate in Tallahassee – one that comedian and voter Anthony Rodia runs with on and off the stage in West Palm Beach. Stay informed: WPBF 25 News local coverage “Why would you sexualize kids like that, a kid should be a kid. They don’t have the mental capacity to know what’s going on or how sexual it is. Put them in a playground, don’t put them near a drag queen.” Rodia said. So Sabatini, who is also a candidate for Congress, is calling for a special session so he can officially introduce legislation that would make it a crime. Nationwide: National coverage of WPBF 25 News “This is a bill that would make it illegal for an adult to force a child to participate in a drag sex show. This is just not the place to kids, it shouldn’t be allowed, so it would criminalize it,” he said. Michael Riordan, an LGBTQ advocate, said the legislation is an attack on the LGBTQ community and a free society. “It there is an increase in rhetoric focused on limiting the freedoms of our citizens, including an attack on the right of parents to raise their children in a way that is best for their families,” Riordan said. us on social media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

A Florida lawmaker is considering drafting legislation to prevent children from attending drag shows. WPBF’s Tara Jakeway is in West Palm Beach with more. Tara?

State Representative Anthony Sabatini said a recent children’s drag show in Texas outraged him.

“You probably have a super majority of voters in Florida who would be okay with showing us a place for adults if they want to go, that’s their decision, but it’s not a place for kids,” Sabatini said.

He kicks off the debate in Tallahassee — the one with which comedian and voter Anthony Rodia races on and off the stage in West Palm Beach.

Stay informed: Local coverage of WPBF 25 News

“Why would you want to sexualize kids like that, a kid should be a kid. They don’t have the mental capacity to know what’s going on or how sexual it is. Put them in a playground, don’t put them near a queen drag.” Rodia said.

So Sabatini, who is also a candidate for Congress, is calling for a special session so he can officially introduce legislation that would make it a crime.

Around the country: National coverage of WPBF 25 News

“This is a bill that would make it illegal for an adult to force a child to participate in a sex drag show. This is just not the place for kids, it shouldn’t be allowed, so this would criminalize that,” he said.

Michael Riordan, an LGBTQ advocate, said the legislation is an attack on the LGBTQ community and a free society.

“There is an increase in rhetoric focused on limiting the freedoms of our citizens, including an attack on the right of parents to raise their children in a way that is best for their families,” Riordan said.

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