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The future is uncertain for Tennessee drag artists

In about a week we’ll learn what becomes of Tennessee’s anti-drag legislation. The law, which aims to heavily restrict drag performances in the state, has been stalled in a legal battle over free speech protections. But what has news of the law meant for the business of drag? For Cameron Wade, an HR generalist and […]
Cameron Wade, also known as Justine Van de Blair, shares what life has been like following the news of Tennessee's anti-drag law.
Cody Stallings

Tennessee’s new anti-drag law comes with economic costs

Mar 31, 2023
The bill’s vague language is making drag queens, businesses and festivals apprehensive about future performances.
“Our performers don't perform or do anything that's considered lewd or obscene," said Josh Cloud, owner of the Big Drag Bus. "But the definition of obscene or lewd is up for debate.”
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For RuPaul, "drag is a miracle"

Oct 23, 2018
"It allows you to become your superhero to your Clark Kent," the "Queen of Queens" says.
RuPaul with Kai Ryssdal in a West Hollywood coffee shop.
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For RuPaul, "drag is a miracle"

Oct 23, 2018
"It allows you to become your superhero to your Clark Kent," the "Queen of Queens" says.
RuPaul with Kai Ryssdal in a West Hollywood coffee shop.
Ben Hethcoat/Marketplace

When drag queens promote it, fans will buy it

Jul 3, 2018
"Drag queens are the new pop stars," Randy Barbato, co-creator of "RuPaul's Drag Race" explained.
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