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Brewery Hosted Patio Drag Show in Family-Dense Neighborhood

Drag queen at March of the Queens IV
Drag queen at March of the Queens IV | Image by Vector Brewing

Lake Highlands residents may have noticed an adult drag within earshot of their homes last week.

Vector Brewing in Lake Highlands hosted the “March of the Queens IV” patio drag show in the afternoon on March 10. The show featured the following drag performers:

Kiana Lee as hostess

Punk Glam Goth Salem Moon

Popstar of DFW Lady Monroe

Nia Courtland as Diana Ross

Sapphire Davenport, aka “The Queen of Costumes”

Mystique Summers, who has appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2

As previously reported by The Dallas Express, drag shows have prompted discourse regarding their appropriateness in terms of being performed in front of minors, even spurring protests against such events. Texas A&M University president Walter Wendler also made waves when he banned a scheduled drag performance at the university in March of 2023. He said he believed drag is “derisive, divisive, and demoralizing misogyny.”

Previous iterations of the patio drag show at Vector Brewing were held on March 28, 2021, and March 27, 2022. Event organizers noted in advertisements that children would not be allowed at the event.

“This is an event designed for adults. We’re going to keep it 21+. If you bring children, we will ask for them to leave,” reads the event website. Still, there does not appear to be adequate fencing of any kind to prevent pedestrians of all ages from being able to see events on the patio.

Vector Brewing is located near several neighborhood schools, including Northlake Elementary School, Wallace Elementary School, Lake Highlands Jr. High School, and Lake Highlands Elementary School, each of which is located within a mile of the brewery. Residents and families living along Broken Bow Road and Queenswood Lane live within 100 yards of the brewery.

The Dallas Express contacted the brewery to inquire about the patio drag show and whether it was clearly visible to passersby but did not receive a response.

DX also reached out to Craig and Veronica Bradley, the owners of the brewery, and asked them about the purportedly misogynistic characterizations of women in drag — like highly sexualized mannerisms, excessive makeup, and bright clothing —  as well as whether they themselves were misogynists. No response was received before publication.

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