Anti Drag Queen Story Hour Laws are Just Plain Dumb.

Daylin Leach
4 min readMar 14

I spent 18 years of my life making laws. More accurately, since I spent 16 of those 18 years in the minority, I mostly voted NO on laws other people made. But nonetheless, I was involved in the lawmaking process.

During this time, I saw it all. There were laws that changed people’s lives and our state for the better. There were truly horrific laws that made things palpably worse. The “So You Want To VOTE? Ha! F-You!” Act of 2014, one of the many voter suppression laws our distinguished colleagues on the right passed to stop people who didn’t vote the “right” way from making it to the polls. But hey! Props to whoever named the bill for being transparent!

There were bills that did change the law, but in ways that were almost imperceptible to all but a very small group of people. For example, allowing members of the Dairy Price Support Board to submit duplicate….oh, who the hell cares? The point is, unless you suckled on the sweet teet of the Pennsylvania Dairy Price Support Board, this law didn’t affect you.

While the evil laws certainly did upset me, they didn’t drive me crazy quite as much as the final category of legislation, which are laws that simply make no sense. Whether you agree or disagree with the impetus or goals of the laws, you can’t help being insulted by just plain dumb laws that are poorly thought out and impossible to understand or impliment.

Recently, we’ve seen an explosion of bone-headed, ridiculous laws as red state legislatures search for increasingly creative ways to fight the culture wars their base is obsessed with. And no category of laws exemplifies this phenomenon more than the laws banning drag shows.

My favorite such law. was passed in Tennessee. That law bans “Adult Cabaret performances” in any place other than a strip club, and defines such performances to include “male or female impersonators”. Even though the law limits such performances to “adult cabarets”, which again, are strip clubs, the bill does us the favor of reduntantly specifying some of the non-strip club locations such drag shows cannot be performed, including on public property or any place where it could be a seen by a “person who is not an adult”.

Daylin Leach

Long-time state House and Senate member, author of PA’s Medical Marijuana law, also creator of “shit-gibbon!” Comedian, professor, father of 2 awesome children!