Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed legislation on Thursday restricting drag shows and banning gender transition treatments for minors.
Tennessee is now the first state to limit the performances, and the provision criminalizes performances that take place in public or where they could be seen by children.
William Lamberth is Tennessee State House Majority Leader who introduced the legislation that will ban gender-transition procedures on minors in his state. He says no child should ever have to be in the position of making permanent, life-altering decisions to disfigure their bodies– and the state shouldn’t support it, or allow it. Don’t miss Huckabee’s interview this weekend with William Lamberth!
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The bill prohibits “adult cabaret performances” from taking place within 1,000 feet of schools, public parks or places of worship, according to The Hill.
The law takes effect on July 1.
On Saturday’s “America Right Now,” Tennessee State Sen. Jack Johnson explains why the state passed a bill banning drag shows for kids.
Full meeting. Tennessee bans child mutilation & gender affirming care for minors. Over 1 1/2 hours.
The legislation builds on existing restrictions on “adult-oriented businesses” in Tennessee, expanding obscenity laws there to include performances that feature topless or exotic dancers or “male or female impersonators” that provide entertainment appealing “to a prurient interest.”
So, what is the punishment for performing?
First-time violators may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor that is punishable by a $2,500 fine and as long as a year in prison. Any subsequent offenses will be classified as a Class E felony.
Sara Higdon, trans woman talks about this bill at @4 minute timeline. “This bill literally puts Drag back in the bars, where it belongs.”
Several other states, including Idaho, Kentucky, North Dakota, Montana, Oklahoma and Utah, are considering similar bans. The governor of Arkansas recently signed a bill that puts new restrictions on “adult-oriented” performances. While initially targeting drag shows, that bill was scaled back after complaints of discrimination.
While the bill has raised similar concerns, sponsors said that was not the intent.
Tennessee state Sen. Jack Johnson, a Republican, said the bill addresses “sexually suggestive drag shows” that are inappropriate for children.
On Thursday, lawmakers in the state of Tennessee did what all sane lawmakers across the country should do immediately: they voted to protect children from the indefensible, predatory and increasingly lucrative pediatric transgender medical industry. As those who’ve been following our show know quite well by now, Tennessee’s Protecting Children from Gender Mutilation Act was introduced in direct response to our exposure of the ghoulish practices conducted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s pediatric gender clinic. The bill effectively bars doctors from prescribing puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones and from performing gender-related surgeries on minors for the purpose of medical transition – and, importantly, it allows patients and their family members to sue doctors for damages.
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Tennessee sides with children, bans drag shows from public spaces
Tennessee is the first state to restrict drag show performances to protect minors from predators as of Thursday afternoon.
The law will ban obscene, drag queen performances from public property or in locations where the activity could be viewed by children.
This move comes just months after Convention of States activists joined forces with the Daily Wire in Nashville at the End Childhood Mutilation Rally. Matt Walsh hosted the rally and thousands attended, including COS President Mark Meckler.
Now four months later, Tennessee elected officials are responding to the people.
The Senate passed the legislation and sent it to the desk of Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday afternoon. The governor signed the bill into law and will take effect on July 1.
The bill just overwhelmingly passed by our Tennessee General Assembly will protect vulnerable children from exploitation and mutilation.
I’m proud to be a part of it. pic.twitter.com/j0s1zgbTxP— Jack Johnson (@SenJohnson) March 2, 2023
This is how the voice of the people is heard. State politicians could have chosen to sit back and ignore the sexual exploitation of children. But as a result of grassroots activists coming out in full force, Tennessee will be the first state to restrict public drag performances.
While New York and California surely won’t be joining in this crusade, other states have the option to do so. This is why state power is so meaningful.
Each legislative body has the power to represent its people directly, whereas the decisions made in Washington are far from the beliefs of Americans across the nation.
State power is where We the People are heard. The Convention of States movement is working to rein in the power of the federal government and return that power to each individual state.
Please show your support by signing the COS petition CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE PETITION.
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