The Arkansas Senate advanced a bill on Tuesday that would designate drag shows as “adult-oriented businesses” to protect children and block minors from attending.
The legislation also proposes a ban on drag queen performances on public property in a move that would end Drag Queen Story Hour-like events at public libraries.
“I can’t think of anything good that can come from taking children and putting them in front of a bunch of grown men who are dressed like women,” said Republican state Sen. Gary Stubblefield, who introduced the legislation earlier this month.
The bill passed 29-6 along party lines in the Republican-controlled Senate. The proposal now moves to the Arkansas House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass under the 82-18 GOP majority.
Eric Reece, director of the Human