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Tennessee Judge Throws Out Drag Show Ban


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A federal judge tossed Tennessee’s ban on public drag shows in public, even as lawmakers in other states continue pursuing similar restrictions.

A federal judge has blocked a law in Tennessee which would have placed restrictions on public drag performances, describing the bill as unnecessary and the legal language used as too vague.

In issuing his ruling just after midnight Friday, Judge Thomas Parker explained that, despite what he called “Tennessee’s compelling interest in protecting the psychological and physical wellbeing of children,” ultimately, “the Adult Entertainment Act (AEA) is an UNCONSTITUTIONAL (sic) restriction on the freedom of speech.”

The AEA, which was signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee in early March, banned “adult cabaret entertainment” that is “harmful to minors” in public spaces, including “male or female impersonators who provide entertainment that appeals to a prurient interest.”

Performances featuring “topless dancers, go-go dancers, exotic dancers, strippers… or similar entertainers” were also to be prohibited under the law, which was described by one of the Tennessee legislators who introduced it as “a common-sense child safety bill.”

But in late March, the state was sued by the Memphis-based theater production company Friends of George, which claimed the bill jeopardized the lives of drag performers and sought “to oppress queer culture state-wide.”

It’s unclear whether Parker agreed with that assessment, but according to media reports, the judge “questioned the necessity of the bill” and noted that “Tennessee already had thorough laws on the books that banned obscenity.”

Still, the push to ban public drag performances seems to be picking up steam elsewhere. Similar restrictions are currently being considered in a number of conservative-leaning states, including Idaho, Kentucky, North Dakota, Montana, Oklahoma, and Utah.





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