Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Maren Morris has publicly spoken out against Tennessee’s new legislation which bans public drag shows.
The 32-year-old star performed at the state’s Love Rising concert on 20 March, which was organised after it became the first in the US to introduce such a law. “Yes, I introduced my son to some drag queens today,” the You All Over Me singer told the crowd. “So Tennessee, fucking arrest me!” She was then joined on stage by a dozen drag queens as she performed Crowded Table, a song she released with country music supergroup, The Highwomen.
Tennessee’s anti-drag bill goes into effect 1 April SB003 restricts drag shows from taking place in public spaces and/or places where minors may be present.
Similar anti-drag bills have been introduced in at least 14 other states, including Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky. The language used varies from bill to bill, with Tennessee’s not explicitly mentioning the “drag shows”. READ MORE: Drag Race stars urge allies to speak up as Tennessee passes anti-drag bill Instead, it defines “adult cabaret” as “adult-oriented performances” that include “male and female impersonators” which should not take place where minors could be present.