Gov. Ron DeSantis wants the Miami Hyatt’s liquor license revoked over a drag show
- March 17, 2023
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The state is targeting the Hyatt Regency Miami’s liquor license over a drag queen show
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is trying to revoke the Hyatt Regency Miami’s liquor license over a drag event the hotel hosted in December called “A Drag Queen Christmas.” vulgar” event.
State regulators said they warned the Hyatt Regency Miami that its liquor license could be revoked if it doesn’t ensure minors are barred from performing, according to a Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation complaint published by the became Miami Herald and other publications.
The admissions policy for the event allowed children under the age of 18 to be admitted with an adult, and the complaint alleges that “children under the age of 16” attended the program, which it alleges featured “performers … with sexually suggestive.” Clothing and prosthetic female genitalia.”
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DeSantis has previously targeted drag shows as well as the LGBTQ community with legislation such as the controversial Parents’ Rights in Education Act, also known as the Don’t Say Gay Act. This law prevents teachers and school districts from discussing gender identity and sexuality-related issues in the classroom from kindergarten through third grade.
“Perverse” Christmas carols
The Hyatt Regency’s drag show allegedly “contained sexually explicit themes and lewd content presented through perverted versions of popular children’s Christmas carols,” the complaint said, citing the song “Screwdolph the Red-Nippled Reindeer.”
Sexually explicit content is not appropriate for children and “violates Florida law,” DeSantis’ office told CBS News Miami. “Governor DeSantis stands for the innocence of children in the classroom and throughout Florida.”
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In a statement to CBS MoneyWatch, Hyatt said the hotel’s liquor license remains in effect. The show took place at the James L. Knight Center at the Hyatt Regency Miami, and the center is managed by a third-party, the hotel said. It added that it is the center’s food and beverage concessionaire.
“We are reviewing this complaint and will be raising the situation directly with the state Department of Business and Professional Affairs as part of the administrative review process,” Hyatt added.
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