Drag queen performer defends unsanctioned high school show, urges angry parents to ‘broaden your horizons’

A drag queen actor defended an unsanctioned high school event that angered parents who he told to “broaden their horizons.”

The drag show was performed at Ankeny High School in Iowa as part of the Gay Straight Alliance Club’s year-end meeting. Students were invited but their parents were not warned in advance and no approval slips were signed for the event.

The school issued an apology after videos of the drag show were highlighted by the popular Libs of TikTok account on Twitter.

Despite parental outrage, an actor said KCCI-TV that they had to lighten up and he defended the performance.

“To the parents who accept, thank you. To the parents who don’t, please broaden your horizons,” said Skyler Barning.

“I just want them to realize that while the idea of ​​drag is very taboo, there are places and shows that are intended for people under the age of 21,” he claimed. “It’s not always a sexual act, it can be positive and uplifting and also have a message behind it.”

An older student who appeared on the drag show as “Vivian Von D” also defended the performance in one interview with the Des Moines Register.

“It should be an uplifting environment for those in the (Gay Straight Alliance) who don’t always have the support they need to get through the struggles in their lives,” said Carson Doss.

The school apologized for the incident in a message on Facebook and said the matter was being investigated.

The Libs of TikTok account forced an Indiana city to cancel a drag show advertised as “family-friendly” at an LGBTQ event simply by posting the show’s advertisement on Twitter.

Here’s the interview with Skyler Barning:


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Laura Coffey

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