Grammy-winning singer Lizzo protested Recent laws restrict Tennessee drag shows Friday by bringing 20 drag queens on stage during his Knoxville show. was among the queens present RuPaul’s Drag Race Stars Aquaria, Candy Muse, Asia O’Hara and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo.
“Thank you to these beautiful drag queens for showing their pride in Tennessee,” the singer captioned a video of the concert posted on Instagram.
“Thank you so much for the platform for me and the girls of Drag Race and especially for promoting the queens of Tennessee,” Aquaria commented.
“These women are all so strong and brave and I know tonight was definitely the best in a difficult situation for everyone. Thanks for shining a light on our friends who definitely need our hands these days,” Acuria added.
A Tennessee law prohibits “adult cabarets” in public or in front of minors Signed by Republican Gov. Bill Lee in February, but was Blocked by a federal judge in April, was set to go into effect just a few hours ago. The judge sided with a Memphis-based LGBTQ+ theater company, which filed a federal lawsuit claiming the proposed law violated the First Amendment.
Lizzo posted video of him apparently addressing the Knoxville crowd at the Thompson-Bowling Arena against the Tennessee drag ban and responding to those calling for a boycott.
“In light of recent and tragic events, I’ve had people on the Internet say, ‘Cancel your show in Tennessee. Don’t go to Tennessee,'” Lizzo said. “Their cause was valid, but why wouldn’t I come to the people who need to hear this message the most? Who need to feel this liberation the most?”
“Why don’t I create a safe space in Tennessee where we can celebrate drag entertainers and celebrate our differences?” Lizzo added to the overwhelming applause from her fans.
Although Tennessee was the first state to pass a law restricting drag shows, other states are looking to follow suit. Earlier this month, the Approved by the Florida Senate A similar bill, SB 1438. It has been sent to Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is expected to sign it into law.
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