Mastriano Bill Would Ban “Public” Drag Shows In PA

The LGBTQ news site Qburgh Magazine reports:

Republican Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano plans to introduce legislation that would ban drag shows on public property or in areas where minors could see, effectively banning Pride events across Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh Pride.

In a memo published Tuesday, Mastriano plans to categorize drag shows as “adult-oriented business” which would put restrictions such as “permitted locations for performances, age of the intended audience, and the scope and appeal for prurient interest.”

Harrisburg’s ABC affiliate reports:

In a statement to abc27 on Tuesday, Mastriano said “it is disheartening that legislation like this is needed. Parents have a right to know their children are not being exposed to sexually charged content in a public forum. Drag shows that appeal to minors on school property, libraries, and other public places should not be accepted in any functioning society. My legislation will ensure that this is no longer occurs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”