Statement by National NOW President Christian F. Nunes
The list of states rushing to enact laws designed to subjugate and discriminate against people because of their gender identity, race, or now, choice of entertainment, is growing every week.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, at least 340 anti-LGBTQIA+ bills have been introduced so far in state legislatures, with laws targeting medical care for trans youth already signed into law in South Dakota and Utah, with Tennessee and Mississippi next in line.
And Tennessee has enacted more anti-LGBTQIA+ laws than any other state since 2015, including two bathroom bans, three laws barring transgender athletes from playing school sports, curriculum censorship, and more.
Attacks on drag are part of a massive wave of laws, rules, and public comments by political leaders designed just to discriminate against and marginalize communities, incite vitriol, and encourage violence.
Laws restricting drag performances have nothing to do with protecting youth, and everything to do with hate.
Shame on Tennessee. Shame on Governor Lee.