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RuPaul speaks out against drag ban laws

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RuPaul says drag queens are “the Marines” of the queer movement (Photo: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock) With the US gripped in an alarming backlash against drag performers, drag superstar RuPaul (RuPaul Andre Charles) has slammed politicians for trying to distract voters from real issues. Last month, legislators in the states of Montana and Tennessee passed bills that will ban anyone under the age of 18 from attending drag shows.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed his state’s bill into law soon after. On Monday, Tennessee lawmakers continued their attack on the LGBTIQ+ community by passing a second bill that now requires drag artists to obtain a permit before being allowed to perform.

Bigoted right-wing politicians have sparked growing public hysteria over the “dangers” of young people being exposed to drag performers and shows, which they claim are “sexually explicit” and aiming to “groom” children.

RuPaul, who is credited with bringing drag into the global mainstream with his massively successful RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise, has now spoken out on the bills in a social media video. “Hey, look over there!

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