Tennessee GOP files bill to ban drag performances in public spaces


Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson, a Republican, has introduced legislation to prohibit drag entertainers from performing on public property or at private functions where their performance may be viewed by a minor. Johnson’s bill would amend a state law preventing adult-oriented businesses like strip clubs from operating within 1,000 feet of schools, public parks or places of worship to include “adult cabaret performances,” including those of exotic dancers and “male or female impersonators.” 

Johnson told WKRN-TV in Nashville this week that the bill is designed to prevent drag shows that are “sexual in nature” from being performed in places where children may be present, but said there would be some exceptions.

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