Gay nightclub allows child attendance at upcoming ‘all ages’ drag show

This is not the first time The Flame has held a so-called "kid-friendly" drag show.

A drag queen takes tips from children during an all-ages drag show at the Duluth Flame in June. (Libs of TikTok/Twitter)

A gay nightclub in downtown Duluth is hosting an “all ages drag show” this Labor Day.

According to an event page posted to Facebook, The Flame Nightclub Duluth is partnering with Duluth Superior Pride to host the drag show on Monday afternoon, Sept. 5.

Entry for each adult is just $5, and all children get in free.

“Join us for this kid-friendly, sober, and exciting event. Princesses, villains, and many other characters are scheduled to perform,” the event description reads. “Refreshments and kiddie cocktails will be provided at no charge.”

The event is taking place as part of the “Duluth-Superior GLBTAQI+ Pride Festival,” a series of events taking place across Labor Day weekend, from Thursday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 5.

Other “pride” festival events include art exhibitions, drag queen story time, comedy and drag shows, parties, and a Sunday parade in Superior, Wis., right across the bay from Duluth.

In addition to the “all ages” drag show, The Flame Nightclub Duluth is also hosting its regular Saturday night drag show, which “will be taken over with PRIDE” for the festival.

This is not the first time The Flame has held a so-called “kid-friendly” drag show. Back in May, the nightclub held an event called “Mama’s Toybox” with eight different drag “performers.”

Video from that event showed “a man, dressed as a woman, with his buttocks completely exposed gyrating amidst a crowd of kids whose parents gave them money to offer as tips,” as Alpha News reported in June.

In an interview with local news station Fox 21, one of the drag queens made it clear that he wanted to “give the kids an opportunity to see what drag queen or drag queen life is like.”

The drag queen encouraged children to “dress up” and “don’t be shy,” while a Fox 21 news anchor referred to the event as “something special geared toward the youth.”


Evan Stambaugh

Evan Stambaugh is a freelance writer who had previously been a sports blogger. He has a BA in theology and an MA in philosophy.