Conservative State Passes Bill Against Drag Queen Performances

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At a glance

  • The Arkansas Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would classify drag shows as an adult business and bans the performances from public property.
  • The bill defines a drag show as one where a performer “exhibits a gender identity that is different from the performer’s gender assigned at birth using clothing, makeup, or other accessories that are traditionally worn by members of and are meant to exaggerate the gender identity of the performer’s opposite sex.”
  • The show must appeal to “prurient,” or sexual, interests to be classified as adult entertainment. The bill also says that adult-oriented businesses cannot be where a minor can view them.

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