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A New Tennessee Law Restricts Drag Shows and Other Adult Performances in Public Facilities


Drag Queen RuPaul is pictured on the set of "Drag Race"

Tennessee has a new law that bans drag show performances in public places. According to People, the state's governor, Lee Bill, recently signed a bill into place that bans "adult cabaret performances" — which it defines to include "topless dancers, go-go dancers, exotic dancers, strippers," and "male or female impersonators." Such acts can't perform in public or in locations where underage persons can view adult performances.


According to CNN, Republican Sen. Jack Johnson clarified that the ban "does not completely ban public drag shows but places age restrictions to ensure that children are not present at sexually explicit performances." Other states with republican leadership are expected to enact similar laws soon. The governor's secretary, Jade Byers, explained that the bill protects children from viewing obscene and sexualized entertainment. The law will go into effect in July 2023.


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