Ohio to change child exploitation law after 9-year-old performs in drag

Drag kid child exploitation laws

A Republican politician in Ohio has proposed a change to child exploitation laws after a drag performance of a nine-year-old boy circulated on the internet.

The video shows the child, who’s drag name is Miss Mae Hem, doing cartwheels, splits and a death drop. They are wearing a pink leotard. The child is collecting money from patrons in the four minute video.

However, this has prompted state representative Tim Schaffer to expand the definition of child endangerment laws. This would prevent businesses with liquor licenses from holding performances in which a ‘child simulates sexual activity’.

In a statement he blamed the video for showing a child performing ‘provocative sexually explicit dance routine’.

Incorporating drag into child endangerment means people violating the law punished with up to six months in jail and a $1000 (€889.16) fine.

Miss Mae Hem’s mother speaks out

Speaking to the Toledo Blade, Miss Mae Hem’s – who’s name is Jacob Measley – mother defended the performance.

Jerri Measley said: ‘Jacob is just a guy who likes to dress up and dance and feel pretty. It’s kind of like Halloween every time he has the opportunity to do it.’

She claims critics ‘grossly warped’ her family’s intentions. Measley does understand why people are against her son performing in a bar, but says that is the only place for him to explore drag culture.

She continued: ‘Where else is there right now for children who identify as being in the LGBT community to explore that interest?’

A Democratic lawmaker from Ohio also supports the bill. She told the Toldeo Blade: ‘When we’re trying to prevent human trafficking from happening, especially the commercial, sexual exploitation of children, I don’t see how this is not very closely related to that issue – that concept of a rape culture where we’re normalizing this type of activity.’

The video gained traction after fringe right-wing website Christian Journal Media shared it. The editor-in-chief, Rich Penkoski, is a minister for Warriors of Christ. They denounce most Christians and Catholics.

This come after famous child drag star, Desmond is Amazing, hit headlines this year after their parents were investigated for child exploitation and abuse.

However, authorities dismissed the allegations.

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Author: Tom Capon

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Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) Says He’s Running for President: WATCH

Rep. Tim Ryan has joined the huge list of Democrats planning a run for president in 2020. Ryan made the announcement in a video.

Wrote Ryan on his campaign website: “As a congressman from Youngstown, Ohio for almost 20 years, I’ve watched the American Dream slip through the fingers of many Americans.Like so many in America’s heartland, I come from a long line of factory workers who helped build our nation into a powerhouse of innovation. But over the last 20 years, failed leadership and broken promises have destroyed the middle-class, forcing our economy into crisis and pushing the American Dream out of reach. When our local GM factory was shutdown last Thanksgiving, I got a call from my daughter who was consoling her friend whose father was an auto worker and was just laid off. My daughter  said to me, with tears in her voice, “You have to do something. That’s why I am running for President. It’s time to do something.

Ryan also made an appearance on The View on Thursday morning.

Ryan enters a still widening field of Democrats who have announced exploratory committees including Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker, Jay Inslee, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Miramar, Florida mayor Wayne Messam, former U.S. Rep John Delaney, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, John Hickenlooper, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Bill Weld, Marianne Williamson, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has also announced plans to explore a run as a centrist independent.

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