FLORIDA — State officers are investigating a holiday-themed drag present touring Florida for allegedly advertising and marketing to households with youngsters.
“A Drag Queen Christmas,” a 36-city nationwide tour, had stops scheduled in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando and Clearwater from Dec. 26-29, based on the present’s web site. The tour ends Thursday at
Officials from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation are trying into Monday’s present in Fort Lauderdale, claiming that it’s a “sexually explicit performance marketed to children,” according to a statement tweeted Tuesday by Bryan Griffin, the press secretary for Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Investigators are reviewing videos and photos from the show.
“Exposing children to sexually explicit activity is a crime in Florida, and such activity is a crime in Florida, and such action violates the department’s licensing standards for operating a business and holding a liquor license,” Griffin said. “The department will share any collected evidence with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for potential criminal liability.”
The show’s producers, Murray & Peter Present, shared an image from Wednesday’s show in Orlando, writing, “Florida parents are amazing! Thank you for supporting us as we stand by you!”
Earlier this year, DeSantis and state investigators targeted a Miami drag brunch at R House in Wynwood after a July 3 video showed a performer wearing nipple covers and a thong holding the hand of a girl attending the show.
“It is a disturbing trend in our society to try to sexualize these young people. That is not the way you protect children. You look out for children,” the governor said at the time.