Halfway through Pride month, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 12 into law.
While it isn’t a complete ban on drag, the law does take aim at any performance deemed “sexually oriented” in the presence of children.
It could have a chilling effect on an artform that is central to queer expression and community.
Small town drag
Ahead of last year’s Fourth of July parade, three drag queens and an HBO production crew landed in Granbury, Texas.
“Some of the citizens of Granbury let us know immediately that they did not feel like we were welcome there,” recalled Bob the Drag Queen.
He’s a global drag superstar. The HBO reality show “We’re Here” brings Bob and two other famous queens to small towns across the country, where they meet local queer people and allies and organize drag shows.