March 21, 2023 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

This Real American Town is Actually Trying to Make Drag Shows Illegal

Ever heard of the town of Portland, Tennessee? Show of hands?

Yeah, we thought not. Well folks, after tonight this tiny little metropolis is going to be very much on your gaydar, and not for any of the fun reasons. This town is, in fact, pulling a “Footloose” but for drag shows instead of dancing.

Yup, you heard me. They’re trying to make drag shows illegal.

Why, you ask? Are the good citizens of Portland, Tennessee allergic to FUN? Because that’s quite honestly the only reason I can think of it to make such a thing seem like the logical option. But no. It would seem that the people of Portland, Tennessee (because God forbid we confuse it with that other, fun Portland) are laboring under the misapprehension that drag shows are “adult entertainment.”

Okay.

I mean,…

And that’s putting it politely.

After a Monday night town meeting, citizens and town officials spent over an hour discussing:

“a proposed amendment to a zoning ordinance that would effectively outlaw drag shows from happening in the downtown’s business district.”

To which we simply have to ask

We wish that this were not an actual thing that was happening in Trump’s America. But surprise! We’re living in Trump’s America, where drag is considered just below bestiality on the morality scale by some people in the middle of Tennessee.

We have but one thing to say. You can try to take the Tennessee out of drag, but you can’t take the drag out of Tennessee.

 

Related Posts

Gus Kenworthy’s Gay Kiss Scene in ‘80 for Brady’ Cut Out

March 14, 2023

March 14, 2023

By Susan Payne “80 for Brady,” a 2023 comedy/drama film that follows a group of longtime friends who want to...

Abbey Founder Declares Drag is Not A Crime

March 14, 2023

March 14, 2023

By Susan Payne “Drag is not a crime.” In solidary with drag performers, David Cooley, founder of The Abbey Food...

Grants Available for Long Beach LGBTQ-Owned or Allied Restaurants

March 14, 2023

March 14, 2023

By Susan Payne LGBTQ-owned or allied restaurants in Long Beach are invited to apply for Grubhub’s Community Impact Grants ranging...

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Moves to Ease Restrictions on Blood Donations from Gay and Bisexual Men

March 9, 2023

March 9, 2023

The City of West Hollywood is getting the word out that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued proposed...

Board of Supervisors Approves Motion to Fly Progress Pride Flag in LA County Offices

March 9, 2023

March 9, 2023

Flags will be flown at Los Angeles County facilities where American and California flags are flown each year ​​Los Angeles...

Donatella Versace Visits the Los Angeles LGBT Center

March 9, 2023

March 9, 2023

Hosts master class with CFDA designers This week, the Los Angeles LGBT Center welcomed Donatella Versace, the Chief Creative Officer...

Versace Partners With CFDA on LGBTQ-Focused Initiative

March 6, 2023

March 6, 2023

By Susan Payne Donatella Versace is launching a masterclass at the Los Angeles LGBT Center on March 6 in partnership...

Suspect Pleads Guilty to Killing Los Angeles-Born Gay Man in 1988

March 6, 2023

March 6, 2023

By Susan Payne Last month, an Australian man pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 1988 death of an American who...

Bill Introduced for K-12 Statewide Gender-Neutral Restrooms

March 6, 2023

March 6, 2023

By Susan Payne A bill to require K-12 schools in California to provide appropriate and equitable access to gender-neutral restrooms...

UCLA’s New Volleyball Coach’s Gay Journey Reaches Full Circle

March 1, 2023

March 1, 2023

By Susan Payne Playing volleyball in a West Hollywood gym is where Alfred Reft became comfortable with his sexuality, alongside...

Girl Scouts Make Sales at WeHo Bars

March 1, 2023

March 1, 2023

By Susan Payne A Glendale, California Girl Scout has found a new market for cookie sales in West Hollywood.  In...

Brittney Griner’s First WNBA Game Since Return Held in Los Angeles

March 1, 2023

March 1, 2023

By Susan Payne The WNBA will kick off its season in May – this time, with Brittany Griner back in...

American Youth Symphony Returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall This Weekend

February 23, 2023

February 23, 2023

Nearly 400 of the finest young orchestral and choral musicians from AYS and National Children’s Chorus will perform Benjamin Britten’s...

LA County Math Teacher Takes Son to Nail Salon After Daycare Teacher Detests

February 16, 2023

February 16, 2023

By Susan Payne “Painting your nails is only for girls,” a daycare teacher told the three-year-old son of Christian Shearhod,...

Howard Bragman, PR Veteran and LGBTQ Advocate Dies at Age 66

February 16, 2023

February 16, 2023

By Susan Payne A 40-year veteran of entertainment public relations, Howard Bragman, died of Leukemia at the age of 66,...