Drag Show Restriction Bill Signed by Tennessee Governor

A novel bill that will make some drag performances illegal was signed into law last week by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.

The first law of its kind will prohibit "adult cabaret entertainment" on public property or in places where minors can see it. Topless dancers, go-go dancers, exotic dancers, strippers, male or female impersonators, or similar entertainers are included in this category, according to the measure.

First-time offenders will be charged with misdemeanors under the law, which goes into effect on April 1. The punishment for a subsequent offense could be up to six years in prison and would be considered a felony.

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