EXPLAINER: Drag queens and how they got pulled into politics


              FILE - Protesters and supporters of a drag queen story time event square off in front of Old Nick's pub in Eugene, Ore., Sunday Oct. 23, 2022. v\The art and entertainment form of drag has been miscast in recent months by right-wing activists and politicians who complain about the “sexualization” or “grooming” of children. The recent headlines about disruptions of drag events and their portrayal as sexual and harmful to children can obscure the intent of the art form and its rich history. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP, File)
            
              FILE - A drag performer by the name of Champagne Monroe reads the children's book "Rainbow Fish" to a group of kids and parents at the Mobile Public Library for Drag Queen Story Hour in Mobile, Ala. on Sept. 8, 2018. The art and entertainment form of drag has been miscast in recent months by right-wing activists and politicians who complain about the “sexualization” or “grooming” of children. The recent headlines about disruptions of drag events and their portrayal as sexual and harmful to children can obscure the intent of the art form and its rich history. (AP Photo/Dan Anderson, File)
            
              FILE - Drag performer Emma Lavin, center, attempts to find middle ground with protesters against a drag queen story time outside Old Nick's Pub in Eugene, Ore., Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. The art and entertainment form of drag has been miscast in recent months by right-wing activists and politicians who complain about the “sexualization” or “grooming” of children. The recent headlines about disruptions of drag events and their portrayal as sexual and harmful to children can obscure the intent of the art form and its rich history.  (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP, File)
EXPLAINER: Drag queens and how they got pulled into politics