NEW BROWNFELS, TX “A family drag show in New Braunfels brought hundreds of people to the same church, some in support, some against.
Some people call the show an age-appropriate artistic performance, while protesters claim the show was harmful to children.
Three drag queens performed as part of a fundraiser for at-risk youth in Komal County.
Our cameras weren’t allowed inside, but the event was open to people of all ages.
Nicole Clark of Faith Church said the event was intended to show people that dragging is not dangerous and should not be limited to bars or nightclubs.
“We’re just trying to give them an experience so they can be around transvestites and understand that they’re just people, they’re artists, and they’re the right fit for everyone to be around,” Clarke said.
The opposing view attracted a huge crowd, some of whom belonged to different groups with different programs, but who were all opposed to allowing kids on drag shows.
“This sexy performance is what a drag show is all about. It’s kind of a caricature of a woman with sexual overtones, and that’s what we don’t like,” said Gabriel Grove.
The problem goes far beyond the events in New Braunfels.
Texas legislators have introduced two bills that would restrict and sometimes criminalize drag shows and anything else that is considered “sexually oriented performance.”
That’s why security was tight, with at least a dozen New Braunfels cops standing by.
Pastor Carla Cheetham confirmed that everyone with tickets to the performance could not interrupt it.
She said that the artists received so many threats online that they were uncomfortable being in front of the camera.
“The despicable treatment they have faced is not something that any person should face,” Cheatham said.
She said no one should be afraid to express themselves.
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