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First US drag show ban stokes fears of violence

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Daphne Rio had been performing a weekly drag brunch at a Dallas cafe for nearly a year when a couple slipped in, snapped a slew of pictures then slipped straight back out.

Their lightning visit set off alarm bells for Rio, no stranger to the drag circuit after 8 years of performing in a host of Dallas bars and clubs.

So it came as no surprise when, days later, images of Rio and her fellow performers showed up in a newsletter distributed by a right-wing group that organizes protests against drag shows in Texas.

The post was a call to arms. “Now is the time to take a stand against this disgusting child abuse. Sharing outrageous footage from the show after it takes place isn’t enough.

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