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Tennessee’s Restrictive New Law Threatens Drag Performances and the LGBTQ+ Community

Recently, Tennessee passed a law restricting drag performances in the state. The new law has received widespread criticism and has been seen as discriminatory by many individuals and groups. In this article, we will provide an overview of the new law, analyze its impact on the LGBTQ+ community, and discuss the controversy surrounding it.

What is the new law?

The new law, which went into effect on January 1, 2021, requires any school or other government entity that hosts a drag show to notify the parents of all participants at least 30 days in advance. The law also requires that all drag performers be at least 18 years old and that they cannot be paid for their performances.

Impact on the LGBTQ+ community:

The new law has been widely criticized as discriminatory towards the LGBTQ+ community. Drag performances are an important part of LGBTQ+ culture, and the law effectively restricts their ability to perform and express themselves. The law also sends a message that the state of Tennessee does not support or accept the LGBTQ+ community.


The new law has been met with widespread controversy and criticism. Many individuals and groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Human Rights Campaign, have spoken out against the law. The ACLU has stated that the law violates the First Amendment rights of performers and that it is unconstitutional. The Human Rights Campaign has called the law “shameful” and has urged lawmakers to repeal it.


The new law in Tennessee restricting drag performances has caused significant controversy and has been seen as discriminatory toward the LGBTQ+ community. While the law is currently in effect, it is likely that it will continue to be challenged by various groups and organizations. It is important for individuals and groups to continue to speak out against discriminatory laws such as this one in order to promote equality and acceptance for all.

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