The Florida Department of Business Drag Queen

Settlement Reached In Florida Over ‘Drag Queen Christmas’

The Florida Department of Business Drag Queen
Source: Screengrab Dec 2022

State regulators and the Hyatt Regency Miami have reached a settlement in a dispute about minors attending an event last year titled “A Drag Show Christmas.”

Regulators threatened to revoke the hotel’s liquor license, and the dispute helped lead to the Legislature passing a law this spring aimed at preventing minors from attending drag shows.

Under the settlement, known as a consent order, the Hyatt Regency Miami agreed to pay a $5,000 fine and to prevent minors from attending performances at a facility known as the James L. Knight Center if such a performance “contains, depicts or simulates” activities targeted in the new law.

Read: State Of Florida Seeks Go-Ahead For Drag Show Law

The consent order said the hotel “admits no liability by settling” the dispute. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation announced the settlement Wednesday.

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction against the new law, saying it violates First Amendment rights. The state has appealed the injunction to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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