Forsyth County Democrats statement on drag shows in Forsyth county, and the recent calls for the classification of drag as a adults-only form of entertainment, at the expense of freedom and expression in our community:
Drag shows already existed in Forsyth prior to this most recent controversy over the use of a county facility, and have been enjoyed by many. More importantly, Forsyth County has good policies in place for its facilities, policies that respect everyone’s rights and freedoms; these policies do not need to be changed to pacify the manufactured outrage of a noisy few. Drag, just like dance or any other type of theatrical performance, comes in many forms and is not innately sexual or adult in nature. Insisting that it harms children is simply not based in reality. Further, the repeated assertion that drag performance “targets” children is a thinly-veiled attack on our LGBTQ community members.
We reject this culture-war fear mongering. Just as we have recently seen with the efforts to ban certain books from our local school libraries, this is nothing but a wedge issue. It has little to do with Forsyth and everything to do with the social and political agendas of outside groups trying to create false moral panics.
Above all, the Forsyth County Democrats support everyone's freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, and freedom of and from religion. Forsyth County Democrats respect everyone's freedom to practice and follow any religion or no religion at all and that every individual be afforded these same rights evenly across the board. The beliefs of one particular religious congregation have no place in county governance.
Our US Constitution agrees:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
We recommend and expect that Forsyth County Government will see through this attempt to propagate a culture war and leave its non-discriminatory policies in place, in the name of freedom.
We need all supporters of freedom to pack the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners meeting on Thursday, April 20th, 2023!!
Sign up starts at 4pm, meeting starts at 5pm
110 Main Street, Cumming, Georgia, 30040
Recently, a drag performance and family day was scheduled to take place after performers and organizers submitted the paperwork and filing fees to use a Forsyth County building to hold the event. After hateful backlash by some in the community, commissioners have been pressured to not allow the use of county facilities for recreational use and have mentioned trying to get commissioners to ban drag altogether in the county. Due to extremist hate speech and death threats levied against the organizer and the building with children scheduled to be there, organizers canceled the event so that local terroristic threats could not be carried out. Please come to show your support of facility rental requirements remaining as is and allowing all groups who wish to use the facility the ability to petition to do so and have that approved in a reasonable manner.
Please wear blue in support of child abuse prevention when you come. Supporters of LGBTQ discrimination and hate will also be wearing blue in support of child abuse prevention. Standing against child abuse is something all good and moral people support, and we will not tolerate small-minded community members attempting to equate drag with abuse of children. We fully stand against all forms of child abuse and will work to educate the public that Drag Shows are not child abuse.
If you wish to speak, please arrive at 4 pm to sign up. The meeting will begin at
The LGBTQ community is not promoting harm to children by existing and sharing their talents with the community. Join us in standing up for the freedom to exist in public and the freedom to assemble-even if you disagree with the premise of the assembly. People are FREE to not attend events they do not find entertaining; we must take a stand together against the tyrannical nature of community clout chasers looking to target a subculture that they do not understand and thus fear.