US: Portland Tennessee Debates Ban On Drag Shows

In Portland, Tennessee, city officials debated on a ban on drag shows on Monday last (18th September).

While owners of some drag establishments urged the officials to see the shows before they make a decision to ban them, others, like Nicole Vestal, said that “transgender shows have no business in the downtown district”, and that people interested in drag should do so in the privacy of their own homes.

David Amonette, a city attorney, said that passing the ban may lead to lawsuits, as they had already received letters that indicated that the board would be sued if the ban is approved by city officials.

Unable to make a decision, the board have decided to defer a vote on the ban until November 6th, so that they can meet with the attorney-general for the state about the legality of such a ban.


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