KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — In a live performance Friday evening in Knoxville, Tennessee, Lizzo stuffed the stage with drag queens in a glittery protest towards the state’s laws designed to limit drag performances in public.
Whereas acting at Thompson-Boling Area, the Grammy-winning “Juice” singer introduced out numerous drag performers, together with Aquaria, Kandy Muse, Asia O’Hara and Vanessa Vanji. On Saturday, Lizzo posted movies on Instagram from the present, together with feedback to the gang that referenced the pending regulation.
In February, Republican Gov. Invoice Lee signed the laws towards “grownup cabaret” in public or in entrance of minors. A federal choose briefly blocked the regulation in late March, saying it was too vaguely written. Civil rights teams have criticized the regulation as a violation of free speech.
The Tennessee regulation is a part of a wider Republican effort to limit drag reveals and different LGBTQ+ public gatherings.
“In gentle of current and tragic occasions and present occasions, I used to be advised by individuals on the web, ‘Cancel your reveals in Tennessee,’ ‘Don’t go to Tennessee,’” Lizzo mentioned throughout the Friday live performance. “Their cause was legitimate, however why would I not come to the individuals who want to listen to this message essentially the most?”
“Why would I not create a protected house in Tennessee the place we are able to rejoice drag entertainers and rejoice our variations?” added Lizzo.
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