Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon joined state House Republicans Thursday to announce legislation targeting drag shows in public schools.
The proposed bill supported by Dixon and six House lawmakers would allow parents to sue public school districts for up to $10,000 if children are exposed to drag performances. Michigan lawmakers are also reportedly considering a new workgroup to develop a slate of bills that will address the “oversexualization” of children, according to Bridge Michigan.
Earlier this month, Nessel was speaking at a civil rights conference in Lansing when she said, “Drag queens make everything better. Drag queens are fun,” before adding, “A drag queen for every school.”
Later, Nessel claimed the comment was made “in jest,” trying to make the point that concerns with children being exposed to drag queens is a “fake issue.”
During Thursday’s press conference, Dixon acknowledged that Nessel claimed she was joking, but said she and Michigan Republicans take her comments “as a trial balloon.”
Dixon joined state Reps. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain), Ryan Berman (R-Commerce Township), Andrew Fink (R-Hillsdale), Steve Carra (R-Three Rivers), Luke Meerman (R-Coopersville), and Greg Markkanen (R-Hancock) to announce the legislation.