On Dec. 28, 2022, The Plaza Live theater in Orlando, Florida, hosted “A Drag Queen Christmas.” Drag Queen Christmas shows have been around for almost as long as there have been Christmas shows, and while the outfits have gotten more and more elaborate (thanks, modern technology and fabrics!), they tend to be as advertised: fun, satirical, kitschy, bawdy, high-energy live entertainment. A little singing, a little dancing, a lot of lights and colors. And while the show does not feature any nudity, it does feature bare male chests and there are a lot of gay people involved.
The Miami Herald reports that in addition to the many patrons attending the Dec. 28 performance, there were a slew of “undercover agents” sent in to … take photos of three minors in the audience at the Orlando drag show. The minors were accompanied by adults. According to a report filed by the agents, “Besides some of the outfits being provocative (bikinis and short shorts), agents did not witness any lewd acts such as exposure of genital organs. The performers did not have any physical contact while performing to the rhythm of the music with any patrons.”
And yet, the Herald reports, the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation filed a complaint against the nonprofit that runs The Plaza Live on Feb. 3 of this year. The complaint asks that the theater lose its liquor license.
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