Tennessee bill moves forward to restrict public adult performances
The Tennessee Senate passed a bill on Thursday that clarifies portions of the state’s obscenity law to classify male and female impersonators as adult cabaret performers. The legislation also bans adult performances, including drag shows, on public property or in a location where minors could view the show. The House is scheduled to vote on the bill’s counterpart on Feb. 14. If passed, the law would go into effect on July 1.
Are other states considering similar legislation? At least nine other state legislatures are working on similar bills. A bill in North Dakota that would criminalize drag performances in front of minors moved forward in January, and lawmakers in Texas, West Virginia, Nebraska, and South Carolina have filed similar proposals.
Dig deeper: Read Bradley G. Green’s opinion piece about how drag shows are becoming more common throughout the country.
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