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Q&A with drag queen Brigitte BanditThis week, the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs advanced two bills that would criminalize many drag performances. The bills, both filed by Republican Bryan Hughes of Mineola, take aim at men or women who use “clothing, makeup, or other similar physical markers” to “exhibit” as the other gender—and would penalize certain venues where they either perform or read stories to children. Senate Bill 12 would criminalize a drag performance that “appeals to the prurient interest in sex” and occurs on public property or with a minor present. It would also impose a $10,000 fine on anyone who hosts such a performance. Senate Bill 1601, meanwhile, targets libraries that host “drag queen story hour” events, revoking state funding if they allow a performer to exhibit as a…

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