The Florida government is stepping up to protect children from being exposed to hypersexual drag shows.
Governor Ron DeSantis’ administration sent a threatening letter to an Orlando venue planning to host an all-ages drag show.
The Orlando Philharmonic Plaza Foundation received notice from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Wednesday which warned their license could be revoked should minors be allowed to attend a Wednesday drag show.
The venue is set to host “A Drag Queen Christmas” performance which sparked outrage earlier this week after a Miami performance showed explicit sexual dancing being carried out to “entertain” children.
The letter explained how the Florida government “has reason to believe that this drag show is of a sexual nature, involving the exposure or exhibition of sexual organs, simulated sexual activity, and/or the sexualization of children’s stories.”
“The Department has also become aware that drag shows by Drag Fans have been marketed to and attended by minors, including young children,” the letter continued.
The letter, sent by Melanie S. Griffin, the Florida Secretary of Business and Professional Regulation, went on to threaten a revocation of the business’ license should children attend the drag show:
Sexually explicit drag show performances constitute public nuisances, lewd activity, and disorderly conduct when minors are in attendance.
In short, if you allow children to attend the Drag Fans drag show at your facility, you are putting your license in jeopardy.
To avoid action being taken against your license, it is your obligation to ensure that minors are prohibited from attending the Drag Fans drag show.
If minors are allowed to attend this drag show, the Department will take any and all actions available to ensure that you do not pose a threat to minors in the future.
NEW @FloridaDBPR message to Orlando Philharmonic Plaza Foundation: no minors at upcoming drag shows.
“.. if you allow children to attend the Drag Fans drag show at your facility, you are putting your license in jeopardy”
— MAHSA SAEIDI, ESQ.🕵🏼 مهسا (@MahsaWho) December 28, 2022
Florida laws are set in place which already provide penalties for businesses that allow minors to attend drag shows.
It is reported the DeSantis administration is investigating the Monday Fort Lauderdale drag show for potential “sexually explicit performance.”
Stay tuned to National File for any updates.