Feb 26, 2023 | News

Tennessee Legislature Passes Bill to Ban Drag Shows in Front of Kids

Tennessee Legislature Passes Bill to Ban Drag Shows in Front of Kids

Tennessee lawmakers passed a bill that would prevent drag shows from taking place on public property or in front of children. 

The bill classifies “male and female impersonators” as adult cabaret performers, while also banning “adult-oriented performances that are harmful to minors.” The legislation, SB3, now makes its way to Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s office. 

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee delivers his State of the State address in the House Chamber of the Capitol building, Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. Lee has no plans to participate in a debate against Democratic opponent Dr. Jason Martin. The Republican told reporters earlier this week that he's focused on being governor.(AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

State Rep. Chris Todd, R-Madison County, filed the bill, saying “this is a common sense child-safety bill.” The bill, which passed by a vote of 79 to 19, makes it illegal to host an “adult cabaret performance” in a location where children are present. The legislation, which was proposed by Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson also bans adult cabaret performances on public property. 

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