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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