How the LA Zoo is sexualizing kids with ‘family friendly’ drag shows

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The “Drag Show” phenomenon—in which adult men dress up in scantily clad women’s clothing, gaudy makeup, and often wear female prosthetics to mimic women—has evolved past adult night clubs and forced its way into children’s spaces under the guise of “family-friendly” events. Despite what the hosts of these events would have you believe, there is nothing family-friendly about them. Simply put, they are glorified strip shows and they are giving your kids a front row seat to watch.

I first exposed these predatory events last year at the “Mr. Misster” Bar in Dallas, Texas, which brought national attention to the issue. Like the majority of “family-friendly” drag shows, the Mr. Misster event featured performers that stripped and danced in front of kids, all while the parents sat back, sipped their cocktails, and handed dollar bills to their children to tip the drag queens on stage. 

Despite widespread criticism of this event, “family-friendly” drag shows have spread like wildfire across the country and made their way into Drag Queen Story Hour at your local library and most recently the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

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