Michigan Republicans Announce Bill to Ban Drag Queens from Public Schools
GOP gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon joined state House lawmakers to support bill
Michigan Republicans have announced a bill to ban drag queen shows from public schools.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon joined state House GOP lawmakers in announcing the legislation.
The bill seeks to outlaw the "woke" trend of adult men dressing up as "women" and "performing" for children in taxpayer-funded schools.
Dixon and the six House lawmakers supporting the bill argue that drag queens have no place in American schools.
The proposed bill would allow parents to sue public school districts for up to $10,000 if children are exposed to drag performances, according to Bridge Michigan.
Michigan lawmakers are also reportedly considering a new workgroup to develop a slate of bills to fight the “over-sexualization” of children.
“We’re here to fight the culture war,” Dixon said at a Thursday press conference introducing the legislation.
The move follows a Dixon campaign promise that, if elected governor, she would pursue criminalizing “adults who involve children in drag shows.”
The gubernatorial candidate pointed to recent comments made by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) on drag queens as a reason for pursuing legislation targeting drag shows in public schools.
Earlier this month, Nessel was speaking at a civil rights conference in Lansing when she said, “Drag queens make everything better.
"Drag queens are fun," she added.
She then caused outrage by calling for "a drag queen for every school.”
Later, after the fierce backlash, Nessel claimed the comment was made “in jest,” trying to make the point that concerns with children being exposed to drag queens is a “fake issue.”
During Thursday’s press conference, Dixon acknowledged that Nessel claimed she was joking, but said she and Michigan Republicans take her comments “as a trial balloon.”
The new bill’s announcement continues a squabble between the attorney general and GOP gubernatorial candidate.
Immediately following Nessel’s comments, Dixon criticized her on Twitter.
"Attorney General Dana Nessel ‘proudly’ announced she is coming for our kids,” Dixon accused.
"When I am governor, schools will answer to local parents, not progressive activists, drag queens, and trans-supremacists.
"The days of radical activist politicians sexualizing our kids are over.”
Nessel hit back at Dixon, calling her tweet a “humorless take,” and criticizing one of her supporters, former Trump Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
"This is the most humorless take imaginable on a comment made in jest,” Nessel wrote.
"I expect more from the star of Buddy BeBop vs the Living Dead.
"Your benefactor, Betsy DeVos, has been a greater threat to school children in Michigan than drag queens have ever been.”
Dixon joined state Reps. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain), Ryan Berman (R-Commerce Township), Andrew Fink (R-Hillsdale), Steve Carra (R-Three Rivers), Luke Meerman (R-Coopersville), and Greg Markkanen (R-Hancock) to announce the legislation.