Republican lawmakers have filed legislation that would ban drag shows in North Carolina with possible felony charges for performances on public property or with anyone under the age of 18 in the audience.
Conservatives nationwide have recently galvanized around criticism of drag shows, with armed militia groups sometimes showing up to performances. Drag brunches are popular at some restaurants. https://t.co/XgoUsUHSmU
— WCNC Charlotte (@wcnc) April 18, 2023
HB 673 would make drag performances illegal “on public property or in a location where the adult live entertainment is in the presence of an individual
13 under the age of 18.”
Violation of the law would be considered a misdemeanor, and in the case of a second offense, a felony.
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Clearly, this is yet another strategy to restrict gender and gender expression and legislate LGBTQ+ people out of existence.
Drag bans are a violation of first amendment rights to freedom of speech and freedom of expression.
"Drag performances are an important part of queer culture and a form of art expression. Drag bans are yet another strategy to restrict gender and gender expression and legislate LGBTQ+ people out of existence." Read our full statement on #HB673 here: https://t.co/JoOMWMFFjP pic.twitter.com/na7u3amWMI
— Equality NC (@equalitync) April 18, 2023