Republicans in Tennessee have introduced legislation aimed at protecting children from sexualized drag queen events. Tennessee’s Republican Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson last Wednesday introduced Senate Bill 3, which would make it an offense for “adult cabaret performers” to hold shows on public property or at any location where it could be viewed by minors. The bill defines these performances as “topless dancers, go-go dancers, exotic dancers, strippers, and male or female impersonators who provide entertainment that appeals to a prurient interest.” Effectively, the bill seeks to keep sexual performances away from kids. Any performer violating the potential law would face a class A misdemeanor, with a maximum sentence of about a year in prison and a $2,500 fine. Repeat offenders would face a class E felony, punishable by up to six years behind bars and a $3,000 fine.
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