Tennessee lawmakers have introduced a bill that would ban lewd drag shows from places where children might see them.
The premise of SB 3 relies on defining drag shows as “adult cabaret” performances.
“It is an offense for a person to engage in an adult cabaret performance … on public property; or … in a location where the adult cabaret performance could be viewed by a person who is not an adult,” the text of SB 3 says.
The bill was introduced by State Senator Jack Johnson (R-Brentwood).
“‘Adult cabaret performance’ means a performance in a location other than an adult cabaret that features topless dancers, go-go dancers, exotic dancers, strippers, male or female impersonators who provide entertainment that appeals to a prurient interest, or similar entertainers, regardless of whether or not performed for consideration,” according to the bill.
A similar bill in the Tennessee House was introduced earlier this week.
That bill would prohibit child sex-change surgeries under threat of civil liability for the doctors performing those surgeries.
Earlier this year, the city of Jackson itself sponsored an “all-ages” drag show, as reported by The Tennessee Star.
“The legislature determines that medical procedures that alter a minor’s hormonal balance, remove a minor’s sex organs, or otherwise change a minor’s physical appearance are harmful to a minor when these medical procedures are performed for the purpose of enabling a minor to identify with, or live as, a purported identity inconsistent with the minor’s sex or treating purported discomfort or distress from a discordance between the minor’s sex and asserted identity,” says House Bill 1, introduced by State Representative William Lamberth (R-Cottontown).
The bill continues, saying that “[a] healthcare provider shall not perform or offer to perform on a minor, or administer or offer to administer to a minor, a medical procedure if the performance or administration of the procedure is for the purpose of … enabling a minor to identify with, or live as, a purported identity inconsistent with the minor’s sex; or … treating purported discomfort or distress from a discordance between the minor’s sex and asserted identity.”
Across the country, minor sex-change operations and “all ages” drag shows have become a hot topic of debate, with Republicans working to end the practices.
The Florida Board of Medicine has voted to end minor sex-change surgeries.
The Biden administration, on the other hand, has made it explicitly clear that it supports the practice, despite the fact that “de-transitioning” is extremely difficult and in many cases impossible.
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