A group of protesters will peacefully assemble tonight as mainstays entertainers from Anchorage’s gay bar scene dress as scantily clad women and perform for toddlers and other young children during an ongoing drag queen series at Cafecito Bonito restaurant in Anchorage.
Producers of the shows, Arciniega Street Productions, posted photos of recent performances on Twitter, which included male drag performers hovering around and holding a young toddler, Wilder, who is the son of Anchorage Assemblywoman Austin Quinn-Davidson and her lesbian “wife” Stephanie Quinn-Davidson.
“Baby’s first drag show,” the Tweet exclaimed. “Our buddy Wilder had a blast at Drag Loteria. We love kids’ first drag show. It’s wholesome seeing people of all ages, from all walks of life join together in community to have fun and & be themselves in a safe, inclusive space. That’s the point.”
Other images posted by the group show Austin Quinn-Davidson smiling as a drag queen in heavy makeup interacts with the audience.
The stated goal of the shows is to inspire activists to advance and normalize the LGBTQ agenda in Anchorage, including among children.
Photos from past several recent events depict male drag performers, dressed in lingerie with exposed thongs, interacting with young children and smiling adults.
The next event is scheduled for March 24, with another special appeal to youth.
“It’s kid friendly..” a notice for the upcoming performance states, adding that attendees should bring cash to slip to the performers, which include popular gay bar dancers Lotería Queens, Dela Rosa and Frankie Doom.
These performers regularly dress in an array of highly sexualized costumes as they sing, dance and perform monologues.
“This is an all-ages event and the drag show is family-friendly,” the notice states.
In response to these events, a group of local Catholics is organizing a peaceful protest outside the March 24 drag show.
“Calling all men and women of Good Will to stand in prayer against the powers and principalities of this present darkness,” a flyer for the protest states. “This Drag Show is yet another attempt of the evil in this world to target the innocence of our children. It is being billed as an ‘all ages’ show.’”
Protesters plan to peaceably assemble outside Cafecito Bonito (6307 DeBarr Road) to pray from 4:30-8:30 p.m.
“We need strong men of Good Will to stand beside strong women of Good Will and pray for the protection of humanity, especially our children,” the flyer adds.
In recent years, LGBTQ activists have used drag dancers to reach children in Alaska and around the nation. These performances at libraries and cultural centers are part of a larger movement to introduce kids, at a very young age, to the ideas of gender fluidity and various sexual identities and orientations.