An age requirement has been put in place for a drag show brunch at Bay Breeze Café, Bar and Grill in Fairhope following complaints with its original advertisement.
Prism United Fairhope, an LGBTQ youth support group, advertised the show on Sunday, June 4, as "appropriate for all ages." However, that was not the consensus among those concerned with exposing children to men dressing in drag.
The group now said people must be 18 or older to purchase tickets for the event.
This change also comes as the Alabama Legislature considers House Bill 401, which, if it becomes law, would make adult-themed events, such as drag shows, illegal for children to attend.
The bill sponsored by State Reps. Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs), Jamie Kiel (R-Russellville), Scott Stadthagen (R-Hartselle), Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City) and Jim Carns (R-Vestavia Hills) adds language to existing laws that prohibit obscenity concerning minors and amends the definition of sexual misconduct.
"The term [sexual conduct] means: ... Any sexual or gender-oriented material that exposes minors to persons who are dressed in sexually revealing, exaggerated, or provocative clothing or costumes, or are stripping, or engaged in lewd or lascivious dancing, presentations, or activities, including but not limited to topless, go-go, or exotic dancers, or male or female impersonators, commonly known as drag queens or drag kings," the bill reads. "This sexual conduct is prohibited in K-12 public schools, public libraries, and in other public places where minors are present."
Central Pride Alabama previously responded to the bill, calling it harmful and unconstitutional.
Fairhope councilman Jack Burrell told 1819 News the restaurant and organizers are not breaking the law, and although he has heard of people complaining, there isn't much the city can do.
Daniel Taylor contributed to this report.
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