Texas State Lawmaker who brings Religion to Politics

If you are not a Right Wing Evangelical I do not represent you 

A drag queen performance in the Oak Lawn part of Dallas has attracted right-wing protesters, who are against gay figures of any kind “grooming” children.

Bryan Lee Slaton (born February 2, 1978) is an American businessman, pastor and politician. He has represented the 2nd District in the Texas House of Representatives since 2021. A member of the Republican Party, Slaton also runs a family-owned company

Born in Mineola, TexasHe attended Ouachita Baptist University, where he received a BA in Youth Ministry and Speech Communication, he as well attended University of North Texas and earned a degree in Accounting.  Slaton later earned a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological SeminaryHe served in the ministry as a youth and family minister for 13 years, for three of those years at River Hills Baptist Church in Corpus Christi, TexasBryan now works at his family-owned company, Slaton Financial Services

In 2016, Slaton filed to run against incumbent state representative Dan Flynn. On March 1, 2016, Slaton narrowly lost to the incumbent in the Republican primary. Flynn polled 14,917 votes (51 percent) to Slaton’s 14,336 (49 percent).   In 2018, Slaton decided to take on the incumbent again. In the 2018 primary election, Flynn defeated Slaton again, 11,803 (51.7 percent) to 11,013 (48.3 percent).

However, on July 14, 2020, Slaton defeated Flynn by a 22-point margin in the Republican primary runoff, defeating the incumbent.[4][5] Slaton ran to Flynn’s right, forcing him into a runoff election.  Slaton criticized Flynn for unnecessary and superfluous spending.  He sent out mail which pointed out Flynn’s campaign-funded lifestyle expenses such as nearly $14,000 in spending on cookies and using his campaign fund to pay for a Netflix subscription.  Slaton campaigned on the abolishing property taxes, ending overly broad laws that give government excess power during emergencies, and pledging to oppose any tax increase.

In March 2021, Slaton introduced a bill that would abolish abortion and make it a criminal act, whereby women and physicians who received and performed abortions, respectively, could receive the death penalty. The bill makes no exceptions for rape or incest, although it does provide exemptions just for ectopic pregnancies that threaten the life of the woman “when a reasonable alternative to save the lives of both the mother and the unborn child is unavailable.”

In June 2022 Slaton in a post to social media said he plans introduce legislation in next years legislative session that would ban minors from drag shows in the state

Slaton says his move is a reaction to a local drag show in Dallas that allowed children to attend.

The legislation would protect “kids from drag shows and other inappropriate displays,” according to a news release by Slaton.

“The events of this past weekend were horrifying and show a disturbing trend in which perverted adults are obsessed with sexualizing young children,” Slaton said in the release. “As a father of two young children, I would never take my children to a drag show and I know Speaker Dade Phelan and the rest of my Republican colleagues wouldn’t either. Protecting our own children isn’t enough, and our responsibility as lawmakers extends to the sexualization that is happening across Texas.”

Bryan Slaton

Slaton says his move is a reaction to a local drag show in Dallas that allowed children to attend.

The legislation would protect “kids from drag shows and other inappropriate displays,” according to a news release by Slaton.

“The events of this past weekend were horrifying and show a disturbing trend in which perverted adults are obsessed with sexualizing young children,” Slaton said in the release. “As a father of two young children, I would never take my children to a drag show and I know Speaker Dade Phelan and the rest of my Republican colleagues wouldn’t either. Protecting our own children isn’t enough, and our responsibility as lawmakers extends to the sexualization that is happening across Texas.”

The release also stated that Slaton would continue “his fight” to have gender-affirming health care considered “child abuse” in the state.

Following Slaton’s announcement, Equality Texas CEO Ricardo Martinez said in a statement to The Advocate,  “In spite of Rep. Slaton’s attempts to harass, demean, and belittle his own LGBTQ+ constituents on the floor of the Texas House, none of his numerous anti-trans amendments were adopted. In a state that has a history of being openly hostile to LGBTQ+ people, drag shows have been creating safe places for our community for nearly a century. As early as the 1930s there was a thriving drag scene in San Antonio.”

LGBTQ rights supporters gather at the Texas State Capitol to protest state Republican-led efforts to pass legislation that would restrict the participation of transgender student athletes on Sept. 20, 2021, in Austin, Texas. <span class="copyright">Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images</span>

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