Drag Men Making Headlines Across Country

Men Performing As Women Making Headlines Across The Country

More and more it seems we’re living in a scene from “The Birdcage.”

That was the 1995 movie in which Robin Williams owns a nightclub featuring drag acts.

The movie ends with Gene Hackman, who plays a conservative Republican senator, dressed in women’s clothing and mingling among the other performers in an attempt to exit the club and elude reporters trying to connect him to a scandal.

On Tuesday, just in time for the launch of Pride Month, the Post Millennial reported two stories of male drag performers getting major attention.

In one case, the PM reported that Taco Bell had hosted its “Drag Brunch” tour, which during May and June was set to visit Las Vegas, Chicago, Nashville, New York City, and Fort Lauderdale. The fast-food chain limited the event to people 18 and older who are “Fire Tier” rewards members, held the shows at its Cantina locations, because they serve alcohol.

The PM also reported that the New York City school system was paying $400 an hour for a drag queen to offer lessons to middle schoolers on “how to apply drag makeup.”  

These stories emerged just two days after The Free Press reported that Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio announced that the U.S. Air Force had canceled a drag show planned at a library for military personnel and their families in Germany after he complained.

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Meanwhile, last week, officials at Ankeny High School in Iowa said they were investigating a drag show put on by the school’s Gay Straight Alliance chapter. The event was held in the afternoon but not during school hours, according to the Daily Caller. Nor was it approved by the administration, school officials claimed.

That event was held about two weeks after reports surfaced that some Pennsylvania parents were outraged that they were not told an after-hours drag show took place at a high school with students present.

The Hempfield School District issued an apology online, saying the event, held April 25, left administrators “appalled at what took place,” and added that they “in no way condone this type of activity in our schools.” “Neither the dress of the invited guests nor the performance was appropriate in our school setting,” the apology said.

Meanwhile, also in mid-May, a library director in Chester, Vermont, resigned after the facility’s trustees learned she wanted to host “Drag Queen Story Hour” for kids. One of the trustees said the board objected after noting a photo on the performers’ website “compared a naked woman to a garbage dumpster and included the suggestion that she was a vessel for bodily fluids.”

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He called it “highly inappropriate to be associated with anybody making a presentation at a children’s program,” according to VTDigger.org. In response, one of the performers replied, “I don’t know what 6-year-old is looking at my website, but more power to them if they are.”

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