Under state pressure, Orlando school cancels drag talk with Momma Rose

Xavier Roger


Jason DeShazo, shown performing in December as Momma Ashley Rose, had planned to meet with students in a gay-straight club at Orlando's Boone High School. But DeShazo said the school canceled the event under pressure from the Florida Department of Education.

Jason DeShazo, a Lakeland, Florida, man who performs in drag as Momma Ashley Rose, had expected to visit an Orlando high school Thursday to speak to its gay-straight alliance.

Instead, DeShazo learned the day before the event that the Florida Department of Education had forced the cancellation of “Drag and Donuts” as part of a statewide crackdown led by Gov. Ron DeSantis and state legislators on drag activities around minors.

Both DeShazo and the principal of Boone High School emphasized that the voluntary, after-school event was not a drag show. DeShazo said he planned to speak to members of the school’s Queer and Ally Alliance about life as a gay man and answer any questions students had.


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