It seems that numerous anti-drag lawmakers are finding themselves exposed, caught dressing in drag or attending drag shows. Every few weeks, a new photo or video of a queerphobic legislator dabbling in the art of drag emerges, with some critics even suggesting they could make up an entire season of Drag Race.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem
It seems that numerous anti-drag lawmakers are finding themselves exposed, caught dressing in drag or attending drag shows. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who signed a bill allowing businesses to deny goods or services to LGBTQ+ people based on the owners’ religious beliefs, was found to regularly participate in drag for her family’s annual Halloween parties.
Missouri State Senator Nick Schroer
In a similar vein, Missouri State Senator Nick Schroer, an outspoken anti-drag politician, was spotted in a blonde pigtail wig with fake breasts and a “Super sexy girl” t-shirt.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee
Further, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, who signed a bill criminalizing drag performances, was discovered in a 1977 high school yearbook photo dressed in a wig, dress, and pearls.
Texas State Representative Nate Schatzline
Texas State Representative Nate Schatzline, who proposed an anti-drag bill in Texas, was seen in a video skipping through a park in a black sequined dress and red masquerade mask.
Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate Kari Lake
Other politicians and public figures have also been implicated, including Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, who partied with a well-known drag queen.
Representative George Santos
Representative George Santos, who dressed in drag at a Pride parade and a drag pageant in Brazil, adds to the growing list of contradictions. As more instances of anti-drag lawmakers participating in drag themselves come to light, the extent of their hypocrisy becomes increasingly evident.