Thirty-three members of the House of Representatives introduced legislation on Tuesday to prohibit federal, state, local governments and private organizations from using federal tax dollars to expose children under 10 to sexually explicit material — which includes events where adults dance salaciously or strip for children.
Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana is leading the effort.
“The Democrat Party and their cultural allies are on a misguided crusade to immerse young children in sexual imagery and radical gender ideology,” he said. “This commonsense bill is straightforward. No federal tax dollars should go to any federal, state, local government agencies or private organizations that intentionally expose children under 10 years of age to sexually explicit material.”
The “Stop the Sexualization of Children Act of 2022” will prohibit use of federal funds to develop, implement, facilitate or fund any sexually oriented program, event or literature for children under 10. It also prohibits federal funds from being used to host or promote events where adults dance salaciously or strip for kids.
If you’re wondering how sexually oriented is defined, it is considered any depiction, description or simulation of sexual activity, any lewd or lascivious depiction or description of human genitals or any topic involving sexual orientation, gender identity, gender dysphoria or related subjects.
One example provided by Rep. Johnson is Planned Parenthood encouraging legislatures and school boards across the country to put in place sex ed curricula that teaches such radical gender theory to kids under 10.
He also pointed to federal grants from the Department of Health and Human Services being used recently to fund an event in Alaska where a drag queen performed for kids. The Department of Defense, he said, funds drag shows for families on military bases and is incorporating radical gender ideology into curricula at DoD schools.
The legislation would permit parents to file a lawsuit against any public or private entity that uses federal dollars to expose their young children to sexually explicit materials or programs. Any organization violating the law more than once in a five-year period would lose access to federal funds for three years.
Here is the list of cosponsors to the bill. In an effort to save you time, Representatives Randy Feenstra, Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Ashley Hinson are NOT on the list:
Rep. Bob Good, Virginia
Rep. Brian Babin, Texas
Rep. Jeff Duncan, South Carolina
Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Missouri
Rep. Doug Lamborn, Colorado
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Oklahoma
Rep. Lauren Boebert, Colorado
Rep. Gregory Steube, Florida
Rep. Debbie Lesko, Arizona
Rep. Daniel Webster, Florida
Rep. Ralph Norman, South Carolina
Rep. Randy Weber, Texas
Rep. Van Taylor, Texas
Rep. Mary Miller, Illinois
Rep. Lance Gooden, Texas
Rep. Louie Gohmert, Texas
Rep. Glenn Grothman, Wisconsin
Rep. William Timmons, South Carolina
Rep. Clay Higgins, Louisiana
Rep. Steve Womack, Arkansas
Rep. Tracey Mann, Kansas
Rep. John Joyce, Pennsylvania
Rep. Scott Franklin, Florida
Rep. Burgess Owens, Utah
Rep. Matt Rosendale, Montana
Rep. Russ Fulcher, Idaho
Rep. Tom Tiffany, Wisconsin
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, New York
Rep. Doug LaMalfa, California
Rep. Andrew Clyde, Georgia
Rep. Michael Guest, Mississippi
Rep. Dan Bishop, North Carolina