The Mr. Misster Bar and Lounge on Cedar Springs Road hosted “Drag the Kids to Pride” on June 4, promising guests “the ultimate family-friendly spin-off of [its] famed Champagne Drag Brunch,” but while the event went on inside, protesters gathered outside.
Across the street from the Mr. Misster Lounge, a group of demonstrators with poster board signs gathered to protest the event. The group was led by Kelly Neidert, a member of Protect Texas Kids.
Protect Texas Kids is an organization that believes, “The leftist machine has come for your children. It is time to understand what is going on, and counter them by empowering parents, and the community at-large, to challenge these ideologies everywhere they are found,” according to the group’s “About” page.
Neidert told The Dallas Express on June 3 that she found the idea of the event offensive and had organized a protest for the show because she felt it should not be tolerated.
“I want to make it clear that events like this are unacceptable,” she said. “Pride month events seem to get progressively worse per year, and we should never normalize inherently sexual events directed at children.”
When asked at the protest if it was not a parent’s right to decide what their children are exposed to, she responded, “That (exposure to a drag show) is a form of child abuse.”
Meanwhile, inside the venue, independent journalist Tayler Hansen tweeted photos before the event of neon signs hanging on the walls that read “I LICKED IT SO IT’S MINE” and “IT’S NOT GONNA LICK ITSELF.”
“A ‘child friendly’ drag show is being hosted today in Dallas, TX at a gay bar,” he quipped.
“Children are invited on stage and walk with the Drag Queens,” Hansen tweeted during the show.
Children are invited on stage and walk with the Drag Queens pic.twitter.com/PGmt5oIxkD
— Tayler Hansen (@TaylerUSA) June 4, 2022
Sometime during the event, he tweeted a video of people clashing outside as a man is seen being stopped from walking down the street by mostly masked males before plain-clothed officers intervened.
Niedert tweeted from outside the bar to praise the results of the Protect Texas Kids protest.
“Protested a gay bar hosting a child drag show and successfully had the cops show up and get the kids out. Happy pride month!” she wrote.
Her tweet shows police officers standing between protesters and those attending the event.
Protect Texas Kids wrote on Twitter, “SUCCESS: we protested with about 80 people & the police showed and up and removed the children from the building. This was a drag show for children at a gay bar.”
SUCCESS: we protested with about 80 people & the police showed and up and removed the children from the building.
This was a drag show for children at a gay bar. pic.twitter.com/lb9ksZKVgg
— Protect Texas Kids (@protect_tx_kids) June 4, 2022
The Dallas Express could not substantiate the claim that police removed children from the venue, as law enforcement has yet to respond to questions regarding the day’s events.
Many parents and children going to the drag show were dressed in rainbow pride colors, faces painted, and hair dyed.
Joi Jones attended the event with her teen.
“We’re an LGBTQ family of a 16-year-old that believes in inclusions, and teaching understanding of others is important,” Jones told The Dallas Express.
Christy Stuart, a 17-year-old lesbian, said she and her mother, Sarah, attended the event to show support for all people — “straight, gay, questioning, and pansexual.”
Sarah Stuart said as a parent she supports her daughter’s decisions.
“I grew up in a religious family that did not support my gay brother. I am not having that wedge between myself and my daughter,” she said to The Dallas Express.
Requests to speak with the organizer Saturday afternoon were not granted. The organizer of the event previously said in a statement to The Dallas Express on June 3 that they were aware of the planned protest and had “alerted the authorities of homophobic threats, transphobic remarks, and vile accusations.”