A Democrat from Florida’s congressional delegation targeted Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis over his decision to file a legal complaint against the facility responsible for hosting a drag queen Christmas event that children were allowed to attend.
The Governor has filed a six-count complaint against the Orlando Philharmonic Foundation for “exposing underage children to indecent sexual acts during a drag show that took place in Orlando on December 28,” local publication The Floridian reported Friday.
In response to DeSantis’ complaint that could result in the state revoking the institution’s liquor license, freshman Rep. Maxwell Frost, Florida, accused the governor of being a fascist.
“We should call it what it is: FASCISM in action. Queer celebration is anything but obscenity,” wrote Frost, who was elected as the representative of the Sunshine State’s 10th congressional district in 2022.
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“We cannot tolerate DeSantis and his attempt to erase our communities,” he added. “I condemn this attack with all my heart and remain in solidarity with our beautiful LGBTQ+ family in Orlando.”
Fox News Digital reported that DeSantis launched an investigation into the December show last year for allegedly exposing children to “sexualized acts.”
The show contained sexually provocative content, such as displays of prosthetic breasts and genitals, “depictions of simulated masturbation,” as well as “sexualized adaptations of popular children’s Christmas songs,” including a song called “Windolph the Red-nosed Reindeer,” according to Florida’s complaint.
The event was held at the Broward Center of the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale and is held as part of the national tour “Christmas of the Transvestites”.
At the time, DeSantis spokesman Brian Griffin confirmed the administration’s investigation. In a statement released last year, Griffin said: “The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is aware of numerous complaints about a sexually explicit play sold to children in Fort Lauderdale on December 26th. The Department is actively investigating this matter. “
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Friday’s Floridian report reported on the latest developments in the investigation, alleging that DeSantis filed a six-count indictment through DBPR.
The formal complaint alleged: “On December 28, 2022, Defendant organized and supported a paid event called a Transvestite Christmas (the “Show”) at the Licensed Premises and sold alcoholic beverages to patrons present. Defendant advertised the Show using targeted Christmas-themed promotional materials that did not mention the sexually explicit nature of the Show’s performances or other content.”
The complaint also stated that the show provided “promotional materials” that “explicitly stated:[a]All ages are welcome.”
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In addition, the administration alleged that “prior to the exhibition” it “sent a letter to the defendant notifying the defendant that[s]overtly explicit drag show performances constitute disorderly conduct, indecent activity, and disorderly conduct when minors are present”, and warned that if he failed to deter minors from participating in the show, he would “be subject to fines up to and including cancellation” of his alcohol and tobacco license.
The complaint alleged that the foundation “still allowed minors to attend the show” despite the warning.
Gabriel Hayes of Fox News contributed to this article.
texasstandard.news contributed to this report.