Tennessee bill could criminalize some drag show performances


One of the first pieces of legislation filed for the upcoming 113th Tennessee General Assembly could criminalize some drag show performances. Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson, R-Franklin, is sponsoring the legislation, SB03, which aims to block “adult cabaret performances” on public property or in a place where they could be viewed by a child. The legislation defines adult cabaret to include performers like exotic dancers and “strippers,” but it also includes “male or female impersonators who provide entertainment that appeals to a prurient,” or inappropriately sexualized, interest. If passed, the bill would make the first offense a misdemeanor. A second offense would be a Class E felony, which could carry between one to six years in prison.


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