The Senate on Tuesday approved a measure to prevent certain venues offering certain shows from allowing children to participate in “adult shows”.
Although the bill (SB 1438) does not specifically mention drag performances, the bill defines “adult live performance” as “any performance, display or other performance that is performed before a live audience and , in whole or in part, depicts or simulates nudity, sexual conduct, sexual arousal, specific sexual activities, … lewd conduct or the lewd display of prostheses or imitations of genitals or breasts.
The Republican-controlled Senate voted 28-12 to pass the bill, a day after Rep. Webster Barnaby, R-Deltona, compared transgender men and women to ‘mutants’, ‘demons’ and “imps” during a debate on a separate proposal. it would limit the bathrooms people can use.
The bill sponsored by Jacksonville Republican Clay Yarborough would also prohibit local governments from issuing public permits for events that may expose children to certain behaviors. Critics said it could put an end to local pride parades.
During Tuesday’s debate, Senate Democrats warned that arguments used to galvanize support for the restrictions could have dangerous consequences for transgender people, who are already at risk of violence.
Last week, the Senate approved a plan that would ban doctors and other healthcare providers from offering treatments such as puberty blockers and hormone therapy to transgender minors.