On Monday Sen. Gary Stubblefield (R – Branch) and Rep. Mary Bentley (R – Perryville) filed S.B. 43 prohibiting drag performances on public property or in view of children.
The bill effectively would prevent drag shows at public libraries, public schools, or anywhere else where children might be.
Over the past few years public schools, colleges, and libraries in Arkansas have scheduled drag performances — including performances intended for children. Some of these events have been canceled following public backlash.
At public libraries in particular there has been a push to let men dressed up as exaggerated, hyper-sexualized caricatures of women read books to children. In some parts of the country events like these have exposed children and families to sexual predators.
Drag shows should not take place on public property or anywhere near children. S.B. 43 would protect children from these performances.
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