ACLU Sues Over Grand Rapids Down Syndrome Drag Show
Grand Rapids area show Art Prize hosts a wide variety of art displays, including live performances. This year, a group called Drag Syndrome was scheduled to perform as part of the ongoing exhibit. Drag Syndrome is a British collective which organizes drag shows for individuals with down syndrome. Organizers of Art Prize have come under fire recently for featuring this performance, which has resulted in Art Prize being told that Drag Syndrome could not perform in one of the venues buildings. Peter Meijer owns the Tanglefoot Building where the performance was supposed to take place and old organizers that he does not want the performance to take place in his building. According to the Detroit news, “Meijer told organizers allowing the performance could lead to “the potential exploitation of the vulnerable” and that the performers’ “ability to act of their own volitions is unclear,” according to the complaint.”
Meijer is a candidate for the Michigan 3rd Congressional District, and attempted to handle the issue quietly, but supporters of the performers are determined to make a spectacle out of the ordeal. Stay tuned to CTV for more details.