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“It’s big costumes, long hair, and big fun,” Southwest Florida’s and state’s LGBT community responded to Sabatini’s suggestion.

FORT MYERS, Florida. Clermont Republican Representative Anthony Sabatini called an emergency special session of the Florida Legislature on Wednesday to consider his proposal to terminate adult parental rights and charge him with a felony if a child is brought to a drag show.

“They shouldn’t be allowed to bring kids to these events because it’s just not right,” Sabatini added that the shows should be for adults only.

The proposal caught the attention of the LGBTQ community in southwest Florida after Gov. Ron DeSantis was in town and didn’t seem to give up on the idea when asked by a reporter.

“I asked my people to look, I mean we have child protection laws in the books, we have laws against child hazards.”

The announcement gave life to an idea put forward by Sabatini, who is known for his hyper-conservative ideology, now saying he wants to make it illegal for a parent to take their child to a drag show and even revoke their parental rights.

Sabatini tweeted this week that he intends to file a bill to make this happen after he saw a children’s pride held in West Palm Beach last weekend.

But it’s already getting a pushback from state Democrats like Orlando’s Carlos Guillermo Smith.

“They were brought there by their parents, who are trying to instill in them respect for people for who they are and value diversity,” he added, if parents want to raise their children this way, then they have the right to do so.

Alyssa LeMay, show host in downtown Fort Myers, says she can’t speak for all drag performers, but she makes sure her shows are appropriate for the audience in attendance.

“I know the shows I do, and if we ever have a brunch here and we have a baby, obviously my artists know we don’t swear and all the songs are stored in PG,” Lemay said.

Lemay, who has raised millions of dollars for charity, considers her drag shows to be an art form and adds that there’s a difference between shows designed for kids and shows made for adults.

“The bingo I do is for adults, it’s clearly labeled as 18 and over, foul language,” she says of herself and many of her colleagues, it’s all about fun and, in her opinion, for children is pure fun.

“It’s big costumes, long hair and big entertainment and the local kids want to see it live, we know we read in the room and if there are kids we’re sweet to their ears.”

It is important to note that no formal legislation has come from Sabatini.

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