Arkansas Bill Classifies Drag Show As Adult-Oriented Business

A drag transgender community member dances during the annual 'Yo Marcho Trans' protest where Transgender females and males protest for the right to live, equalities and to stop crimes against the community in Bogota, Colombia on July 16, 2021. (Photo by: Chepa Beltran/Long Visual Press/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • A bill filed Monday in the Arkansas Senate would define a drag performance as an adult-oriented business and place restrictions on where they could take place.
  • Senate Bill 43, sponsored by Arkansas Sen. Gary Stubblefield and Rep. Mary Bentley, adds “drag performance” to the list of adult-oriented businesses in the Arkansas code, which includes adult cabarets, adult theatres or nude model studios.

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