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Miami Hotel May Lose Its Liquor License After Hosting 'Drag Queen Christmas'

This is the DeSantis administration's latest attack against the LGBTQ community.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration is supporting a war on Christmas — A Drag Queen Christmas, that is. 

The Hyatt Regency Miami's alcohol license is in danger of being revoked for hosting A Drag Queen Christmas, a touring live holiday show hosted by Nina West and Trinity the Tuck, and starring other queens from RuPaul's Drag Race.

According to Business Insider, Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation filed a 17-page complaint on Tuesday, Mar. 15, against the James L. Knight Center, a venue located in the Hyatt Regency where the show was performed back in Dec. 2022.

In the complaint, the department said the drag performers were "wearing sexually suggesting clothing and prosthetic female genitalia," and "contained sexually explicit themes and prurient content presented through perverted versions of popular children’s Christmas songs," among other sexually explicit content.

The department says it can revoke a liquor license if a venue allows a “Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition” in front of minors. "All ages" were welcome at A Drag Queen Christmas, but according to Eater Miami, a “Recommended for audiences 18+” disclaimer was added to the marketing materials "with an additional disclaimer that 'an adult must accompany minors.'”

"The complaint alleges minors under the age of 16 were knowingly admitted into the show, but provided no evidence other than a blurry photograph of a person’s face in the complaint," reports Eater Miami.

The Hyatt Regency Miami is currently still allowed to continue selling alcohol until the department makes a final decision. The hotel has 21 days to request a hearing, Beth Pannell, a spokeswoman for the department told Business Insider.

Amir Blattner, the general manager for Hyatt Regency Miami, said the hotel was reviewing the complaint, and that "a third-party operator manages the Knight Center's programming and ticketing while the hotel provides food and beverages concessions."

The complaint has the backing of Gov. DeSantis, whose press secretary Bryan Griffin told Business Insider: “Sexually explicit content is not appropriate to display to children and doing so violates Florida law. Governor DeSantis stands up for the innocence of children in the classroom and throughout Florida.”

Even though the complaint was just filed, it will probably take some time for a ruling. Louis J. Terminello, an attorney with Greenspoon Marder and former investigator with Florida’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, told the Tampa Bay Times that “these types of cases can take up to a year and a half to two years to resolve."

This is just the latest example in the ongoing assault against the LGBTQ community, with anti-trans and anti-drag bills being passed in Florida and around the country.

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