Less than a month after Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed into law two pieces of legislation targeting the LGBTQ community, superstar — and LGBTQ ally — Madonna today (Monday, March 27) announced that she is adding Nashville, Tenn., to the list of cities on her upcoming Celebration world tour, along with seven other new stops, CNN reports. She called Tennessee’s two new laws “unfounded and pathetic.” Lee signed both laws — one restricting public drag performances and the other prohibiting gender-affirming care for transgender minors — On March 2.
Similar legislation is currently being considered by lawmakers here in Texas, too. Madona issued a statement declaring that “the oppression of the LGBTQ+ community is not only unacceptable and inhuman, [it is also] making America a dangerous place for our most vulnerable citizens, especially trans women of color.” She ended her announcement saying she will “see you from the stage in Nashville where we will celebrate the beauty that is the Queer community.” The tour will feature a “one-of-a-kind experience” from Bob the Drag Queen at every stop, including the newly-set Dec.
22 concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The tour kicks off July 18 in Seattle and includes stops Sept. 13-14 in Houston, Sept.
18-19 in Dallas and Sept. 21-22 in Austin. Tickets are available online now at LiveNation.com and at TicketMaster.com.