In response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, a federal judge reportedly prevented a Tennessee district attorney from enforcing the state’s law protecting minors from sexually explicit performances prior to a “Pride” event.
This week, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against Blount County DA Ryan Desmond, who sent a letter to Blount County Pride prohibiting any explicit performances in front of minors at a “Pride” event on September 2 just south of Knoxville.
At “Pride” events across the nation, explicit drag performances with children present have repeatedly been captured on film.
U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer issued a provisional restraining order against Desmond, preventing him from enforcing Tennessee’s Adult Entertainment Act.
Flamy Grant, who has been depicted in the media as a “Christian” drag performer, was also named in the lawsuit.
A federal magistrate in Memphis has previously blocked the law, but it could be enforced outside of Shelby County.
Friends of George’s, a self-described “LGBTQ theatre company” based in Memphis, filed a lawsuit challenging the law in late June, and U.S. District Judge Thomas Parker of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee blocked the law.
A coalition of 18 states and America First Legal have defended the necessity of the Tennessee law to protect minors in court.
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