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Restrictions On Drag Shows Have A History In The U.S.

A drag queen performs during a drag show during celebrations for Pride month on June 25, 2022, in Raleigh, North Carolina. - A written opinion by one justice in the US Supreme Court’s decision to bury abortion rights has ignited fears that other progressive gains, including same-sex marriage and contraception, could also be overturned. (Photo by Allison Joyce / AFP) (Photo by ALLISON JOYCE/AFP via Getty Images)

ALLISON JOYCE/AFP via Getty Images

Restrictions On Drag Shows Have A History In The U.S.

A drag queen performs during a drag show during celebrations for Pride month on June 25, 2022, in Raleigh, North Carolina. - A written opinion by one justice in the US Supreme Court’s decision to bury abortion rights has ignited fears that other progressive gains, including same-sex marriage and contraception, could also be overturned. (Photo by Allison Joyce / AFP) (Photo by ALLISON JOYCE/AFP via Getty Images)

ALLISON JOYCE/AFP via Getty Images

Chicago drag queen reacts to anti-drag rhetoric, legislation across the country

An Illinois bakery plans to close after threats last summer over a planned drag event. In Tenessee, lawmakers are cracking down on drag shows.

A drag queen performs during a drag show during celebrations for Pride month on June 25, 2022, in Raleigh, North Carolina. - A written opinion by one justice in the US Supreme Court’s decision to bury abortion rights has ignited fears that other progressive gains, including same-sex marriage and contraception, could also be overturned. (Photo by Allison Joyce / AFP) (Photo by ALLISON JOYCE/AFP via Getty Images)

ALLISON JOYCE/AFP via Getty Images

 

Lawmakers across the country are proposing legislation that would ban minors from seeing drag performances, including the highly debated drag story hours.

Reset discusses national efforts to ban drag performances in public spaces and gets a Chicago drag queen’s perspective on recent anti-drag rhetoric and actions.

GUESTS: Ed Yohnka, director of communications and public policy for ACLU illinois

Alex Grelle, Chicago drag theater queen and performer

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