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Madonna adds Nashville to her tour in protest of new anti-drag legislation

2023-03-28T13:42:45.265Z


After the approval of a law against these shows in the state of Tennessee, the artist will give a concert in its capital and will allocate part of its proceeds to organizations in defense of trans people


Madonna has not felt good about the new legislation approved in the state of Tennessee, USA, on March 3, which will restrict the performances of

drag queens

.

It is the first state —but not the first to try— in the country to approve a law that restricts the development of these

shows

in public spaces and in places where they can be seen by minors;

In addition, Tennessee has passed a rule limiting minors' access to gender change therapies.

In protest of these legislative changes, Madonna has decided to add one more date to her tour

From her The Celebration Tour

in Nashville, the state capital, to raise funds for organizations that defend the rights of trans people.

The artist will donate a part of the collection, but she has not specified the percentage or to which specific associations she will allocate it.

“The oppression of the LGBTQ+ community is not only unacceptable and inhumane, but it is creating an unsafe environment and making America a dangerous place for our most vulnerable citizens, especially Black trans women,” the Like a Virgin singer wrote

.

on his Instagram account, with almost 19 million followers.

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The legal war of the United States to return the 'drag queens' to the closet

The artist called this new law "pathetic" and "unfounded" —which will enter into force on July 1— and assured that she will dedicate her presentation in the city of Nashville, on December 22, to celebrating "the beauty of

queer

community

”.

In the

show,

she will act alongside Christopher Caldwell, known as Bob the Drag Queen and winner of the eighth season of the television show

RuPaul's Drag Race

.

Tennessee's new law defines drag queen

numbers

as "adult cabaret," equating them with performances by

topless

strippers and dancers , and extends the same regulations to those shows that prohibit their performance in public spaces or in the presence of of adolescents.

The first time this law, approved by the Republican governor of Tennessee, Bill Lee, is violated, it will be considered a misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to 2,500 dollars (just over 2,300 euros) or imprisonment for one year.

A second violation would be considered a crime, with more serious penalties, so much so that it could mean six years in jail.

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The Tennessee case is just one example among many;

In the last year, more than 32 bills have been presented in the US that want to limit these types of

performances

.

In Texas, they are considering laws that propose fines of up to $10,000 when these actions take place in public spaces or in the presence of minors.

The focus of the debate for the very conservative Republicans is that, always according to their version, these shows can influence minors.

"

Shows

with

drag queens

are sexually explicit and expose children to sexuality and identity issues that should be reserved for adults," Texas Republican Senator Bryan Hughes said in a local media outlet.

Madonna has not been the only one in the artistic community to defend the rights of trans people and

drag queens

.

The Love Rising concert, which took place last Monday in Nashville, a community marked by diverse music and artistic representations, featured big names in country like Sheryl Crow, Marren Morris and Jason Isbell along with several drag queens and artists

from

the LGBTQ+ community.

In this great musical event, with such success that it was repeated on Tuesday, the aim was to give voice to the different groups and criticize this new and controversial law, as well as encourage the population to exercise their right to vote.

A portion of the proceeds from Madonna's concert in Nashville in December will go to organizations that defend the rights of

trans

people , according to the specialized magazine

Rolling Stone

.

Tickets for the show will be available from Friday, March 31.

In addition to the new date in the

country

music capital , the author of

Material Girl

added another seven in various American cities: Washington DC, Philadelphia, Palm Springs, Sacramento, Phoenix, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

The

Celebration World Tour

promises to immerse the public in an artistic journey through the singer's career from her first album,

Madonna

, in 1983, to the most recent

Madame X

, in 2019, including a tribute to New York, the city where she began her trajectory.

The first date is next July 15 at the Rogers Stadium in Vancouver (Canada), from where it will depart for other large-capacity venues in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami and Los Angeles, as well as in London, Paris or Barcelona, in almost a hundred concerts for which he has already sold more than 600,000 tickets.


Source: elparis

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