The town of Portland, Tennessee (population: 11,000) is one vote away from instituting a new zoning ordinance which would prohibit “adult content” that includes “male or female impersonators” from being exhibited in commercial areas, effectively banning drag.
According to INTO, The City Board of Aldermen voted unanimously on September 5 to update its laws on the matter, with a final reading of the legislation scheduled for Monday, after which a final decision on the new rules will be made.
The proposal for the restrictions, which would also include a ban on “exotic dancers, table dancers, private dancers, strippers … [and] similar entertainers,” was created in response to the town’s first-ever drag show held at Envy Bar Grill on August 12.
The show had totally sold out, but also garnered a series of death threats on social media.
“Some of the messages came from people I knew and considered to be my friends,” said Kyle Guillermo,