Smithsonian Cancels Drag Events as LGBTQ+ Employees Erupt

By Mike Fishmore | April 25, 2024

Exposed children

The Smithsonian Institution has become embroiled in a discussion led by conservatives regarding the appropriateness of drag and LGBTQ+-themed events for children. 

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This controversy arose following Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III's testimony before the U.S. Committee on House Administration in December. Rep. Stephanie Bice (R-OK) questioned Bunch about the Smithsonian's hosting of six "drag shows" in the past three years, alleging that the events exposed children to content deemed "overly sexual." 

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This scrutiny, coupled with reports of a "drag audit" and the cancellation of planned drag events, has raised concerns about censorship among Smithsonian staff, as per The Washington Post.