On Monday, Montana passed legislation to protect children within the state by banning drag queen story hour from public spaces and libraries.
House Bill 359, signed by Governor Greg Gianforte (R-MT), bars children from attending any “sexually oriented show” and watching explicit performances that are hosted on public property. The law also takes an effort to specifically define drag queens and kings and Drag Story Hour as “an event hosted by a drag queen or drag king who reads children's books and engages in other learning activities with minor children present,” something similar legislation in other states have not done defined.
This law follows the trend of many other Republican leaders calling into question the intent and performances given at drag queen shows. Montana is now joining fifteen other states in restricting or banning drag queen performances for children, per Time.
As is always the case, the LGBTQ community and their drag members specifically are up in arms over the banning, claiming that not allowing mentally sick men to perform their fetish for young children in public places is an attack on them and their community.
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In a CNN article, Jonathan Hamilt, the executive director of Drag Story Hour, stated, “Montana’s new law criminalizing freedom of expression and art should be a red flag for everyone. The moral panic of drag has too long been a scapegoat for transmisogyny and overall transphobia in this country.”
In a quote that shows the sinister intent of the group, Hamilt stated, “Uncle Sam needs a makeover and our drag community is here to create.” It’s clear it’s not just about these groups and their ability to exist, as no state has passed any legislation that comes after them when in the confines of their own home.
It’s about making sure that the American people celebrate and revere them, allow their fetishes to seep into everyday life, and become an all-encompassing facet of it. They don’t just want gay marriage, they want to be able to show dildos to children on government property, and for you, a sensible-minded American citizen, to have been so thoroughly brainwashed by their rhetoric to believe that these acts they perform need to be celebrated.
Montana has made a tremendous leap in ensuring that these sick people keep their sexual fantasies away from children and the defining of Drag Story Hour by the legislature is an intelligent move. The drag queen community may continue to argue the immorality of banning their practices, but when you’re arguing against people that want to force their sexually explicit performances on children, it’s clear which side is more moral.