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Orlando Restaurant Sues Florida and Gov. DeSantis to Keep Doing Drag Shows For Kids

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An Orlando restaurant known for its drag performances, Hamburger Marys, has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Florida and Governor Ron DeSantis. This occurs only a few days after Governor DeSantis approved legislation prohibiting kids under 18 from attending drag shows.

The claimant in the action, Hamburger Mary’s Orlando, asserts that the state is violating its First Amendment rights to free expression. The eatery is requesting a temporary injunction to prevent the law’s enforcement while the lawsuit is being litigated.

Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grille operates multiple locations across the United States, including its establishment in Orlando, which opened in 2008. According to the lawsuit, the restaurant has traditionally hosted “family-friendly” drag shows on Sundays. However, the new Florida law mandates a ban on children attending all shows, resulting in a 20% decline in Sunday bookings.

A glimpse at the “family friendly drag” shows at Hamburger Marys was provided by Libs of Tik Tok in 2022.

In May, Governor DeSantis approved a series of bills that prohibit sex-change surgeries and hormone treatments for minors, restrict children from attending drag shows, and impose limitations on how LGBTQ+ topics are taught in elementary schools.

Senate Bill 254 takes a strong stance against gender transition surgeries and medication, including puberty blockers for individuals under the age of 18. Furthermore, it categorizes the provision of such medication or surgeries by physicians and healthcare professionals as a first-degree misdemeanor. The bill also grants state courts the power to intervene and secure custody of a child if they are deemed to be undergoing sex-reassignment prescriptions or procedures.

Furthermore, House Bill 1069 defines “sex” strictly as a male or female. It also stipulates that teachers cannot be coerced into using preferred “pronouns” if they do not align with the person’s biological sex.

Supporters of the legislation argue that it aims to protect children from sexually explicit performances. However, the restaurant’s legal team contends that the law is overly broad and vague, potentially encompassing any performance involving a man dressed as a woman, even if it lacks any sexual content. The lawsuit emphasizes the restaurant owners’ inability to risk the suspension of their business or liquor licenses, or potential criminal prosecution, by allowing children at the shows.

Hamburger Mary’s Orlando even has a GoFundMe for Orlando staff workers.

“The Hamburger Mary’s Orlando staff has been out of work since March 14th,” the GoFundMe page states. “Currently, 95% of the staff  have not received a dime from unemployment. We are hoping that we can raise some much needed money so that this hard working team can pay their bills.”

Governor DeSantis’ press office declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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1 year ago

Someone needs to drag these sick twisted freak queens, behind their pickup truck for 40 miles or so!!!

Or bring back insane asylums .

1 year ago

This place had a few locations in Tampa. ALL shut down for health violations.
I guess it’s more important to recruit kids than to clean the place properly.

David Jeffrey Spetch
David Jeffrey Spetch
1 year ago

The LGBT needs to be criminalized permanently and globally. Not anything short of such will do!

1 year ago

It makes me wonder about the parents that are wanting this. Especially now days when anyone can be a parent or get a kid to raise. I’m talking about those that are mentally ill with a fetish toward young children.