Lizzo brings drag queens on phase in protest of Tennessee regulation

Lizzo comes at the 65th yearly Grammy Awards on Feb. 5, 2023, in Los Angeles.Jordan Strauss/The Involved Press

In a live performance Friday night in Knoxville, Tennessee, Lizzo crammed the phase with drag queens in a glittery protest from the state’s laws developed to prohibit drag performances in public.

Although performing at Thompson-Boling Arena, the Grammy-successful “Juice” singer brought out a number of drag performers, together with Aquaria, Kandy Muse, Asia O’Hara and Vanessa Vanji. On Saturday, Lizzo posted video clips on Instagram from the exhibit, which includes opinions to the crowd that referenced the pending legislation.

In February, Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed the laws from “adult cabaret” in community or in entrance of minors. A federal decide briefly blocked the law in late March, saying it was too vaguely written. Civil rights groups have criticized the law as a violation of free of charge speech.

The Tennessee law is component of a broader Republican effort to limit drag displays and other LGBTQ+ community gatherings.

“In light-weight of modern and tragic occasions and recent gatherings, I was told by people today on the net, ‘Cancel your shows in Tennessee,’ ‘Don’t go to Tennessee,’” Lizzo explained all through the Friday concert. “Their explanation was legitimate, but why would I not appear to the people who need to hear this message the most?”

“Why would I not make a safe and sound house in Tennessee where by we can rejoice drag entertainers and rejoice our distinctions?” additional Lizzo.

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