A Judge, Thomas Parker, Chosen By Trump Makes Decisions The Anti-Drag Show Statute In Tennessee Is ‘Unconstitutional’

FILE - Trans rights activists march past the state capitol during a news conference by the Human Rights Campaign drawing attention to anti-drag bills in the Tennessee legislature, on Feb. 14, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. With Tennessee's new law placing strict limits on drag shows temporarily on hold, organizers of the Midsouth Pride festival in Memphis have booked more than 50 drag entertainers, a record number for June's long-running event. (John Amis/AP Images for Human Rights Campaign, File)

A Tennessee administrative judge, Thomas Parker, determined that a collective statute restricting public drag shows was an “unnecessary limitation on the liberty of speech.”

“The AEA is not only content-based but also a perspective-based limitation on expression, based solely on its wording. The AEA had been passed with the illegal intent of stifling expression that is protected by the Constitution, according to US DC Judge Thomas Parker, who was appointed by ex-President Trump. Thomas Parker prohibited the defendant in the lawsuit, the DA of SC, which includes Memphis, from executing the legislation in that place and referred to it as “unconstitutionally vague and significantly overbroad.”

Thomas Parker Maintains That The Law Is Not An Absolute Ban But A Simple Prohibition Of Certain Kinds Of Performances 

The court’s decision came later when Friends of George’s, a charity based in Memphis that hosts drag shows and comedy sessions, filed a lawsuit around March to block the law’s implementation because it violated its right to free expression. Then Thomas Parker for a while stopped the nation from establishing the prohibition while he thought about whether the law was legal.

The law to limit public performances of drag shows was approved earlier this year by Tennessee Republicans, holding supermajorities in the legislature, and was asked to make signatures by Republican Governor Bill Lee. The goal of the law was to prevent “adult cabaret programs” in public places from being seen by children. Violators were subject to a misdemeanor, while repeat offenders were subject to a crime. The prohibition addressed particularly “female or male impersonators” who engage in behavior that is “dangerous to the young ones.” It was supposed to take effect on April 1st. “WE WON!” George’s friends tweeted on Saturday. The anti-drug statute in Tennessee has been ruled unlawful by Judge Parker. 

Officials from Tennessee have maintained that the law simply prohibits sexual performances before youngsters and isn’t a complete ban.