Dragging the curtain (includes podcast)

In South Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Republican-led legislature have been proposing restrictions on drag show venues with the pretext of protecting young children from inappropriate content of a sexual nature. These proposed restrictions could have a financial impact on South Florida businesses such as RHouse and Hyatt Regency hotel, by having their liquor licenses revoked or suspended. These proposed restrictions follow a recent trend in the country.

As the discussion of drag shows, drag artists and protecting children takes over the nation, Dragging the Curtain takes a deep dive into the topic, discussing everything from recent legislation’s impact on the LGBTQ+ community to the popularity of drag despite restrictions.

In our first episode, we talk with Mia Rodriguez, an FIU student and a member of the Pride Student Union as well as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Mia shares with us what drag means to her, and its relevance to the LGBT community.

On episode 2, we talk with Bree Gorden, a licensed therapist as well as a new mom. Bree explains how these laws affect the LGBTQ+ community as well as what it’s like raising a child and navigating the new measures.

Arianna Otero is a student studying Digital Journalism with a concentration in Political Science. Some of her interests include video games, pop culture, and music. After graduation, she wishes to continue her career in journalism focusing on politics and radio.

Giulia Barbieri is a senior majoring in Digital Journalism with an area of concentration in International Relations and Political Science. Currently, she is an Editorial Reality intern at NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises.

Pia Cevallos is a student of Digital Communication and Interactive Media at Florida International University. She enjoys meeting new people, being in constant learning of social media strategies, and has a good relationship with the camera. Her main goal is to become a content creator or social media manager in the fashion industry.