Tennessee Legislation Prohibits Public Drag Shows and Sex Changes for Children

On February 24, Tennessee elected officials passed several bills, one that would prohibit public drag performances in certain areas and another one that banned child sex changes. 

House Bill 9 passed by a margin of 74-19 on February 23, while its companion legislation was passed in the State Senate by a margin of 26-6 earlier in February. 

Senate Bill 3 expands current state law, which bans “adult-oriented businesses” from operating within 1,000 feet of public parks, places of worship, and school, by extending it to include “adult cabaret performances.” The bill describes these as performances that feature “male or female impersonators who provide entertainment that appeals to a prurient interest,” per a report by The Hill.

According to a report by Hannah Nightingale of The Post Millennial, individuals caught violating this law would be charged with a Class A misdemeanor for a  first-time offense, which is punishable by up to one year in jail and fines up to $2,500. Further violations come with a Class E felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence of 1 to 6 years.

House Bill 1 was passed on February 23 by a 77-16 vote, with its companion bill in the state senate, Senate Bill 1, passing earlier in February.

This bill prohibits health care providers from conducting operations on minors “for the purpose of enabling a minor to identify with, or live as, a purported identity inconsistent with the minor’s sex.”

Tennessee is doing the right thing here. There’s more to politics than just boosting the GDP. State governments must start promoting traditional values and using prudential state power to crack down on degeneracy. 

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