A Pride event in Glasgow has banned drag queens from performing, after committee members decided acts could offend trans people.Last I heard, drag queens were part of the LGBTQRSTUVWXYZwhatthefuckkareyoutalkingabout movement. Fuck, drag queens were way out front, decades before anybody worried about people who not only dressed like chicks but also got a choppadickoffamee operation. Hell, I still vividly remember taking a new kid at my high school to a "boys will be girls" show at The Glade in Honolulu and he didn't know the show girls actually were dudes. That was 40 years ago, and nobody in the show was thinking about cutting their dick off. They just liked to dress like women, and they were good at it. We had to intervene to keep John from leaving with one of the dancers. They were that good.
Free Pride Glasgow, which bills itself as an anti-commercialist alternative to the Scottish city’s main Pride event, said trans and non-binary committee members were “uncomfortable with having drag performances“.
The organisation said in a statement that it hopes to create a safe space for all members of the LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual) community, and that while the decision may "disappoint" some people "the needs of the most marginalised groups within our community come first."
It went on to stress that attendees can wear "what they want" and "express their gender how they please", but that "self-described drag acts" would not be allowed to perform.
The Glade couldn't operate today, and not because conservatives would try to shut it down. Liberals would.