Lizzo protests Tennessee law restricting drag queen shows

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Energetic and glittering, Lizzo took the stage at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, California last Friday. Tennesseeaccompanied by a colorful team of drag queen who went wild with her to the rhythm of music. The singer, winner of the Grammy for Recording of the Year with the single About Damn Timethus transformed one of the dates of The Special 2our in a protest against the lawsigned in February by Republican Governor Bill Lee, opposed by civil rights supporters and blocked in April by a federal judge, which in the US state prohibits drag queens from performing in public or in front of minors and which, as explained by the The Guardian, configures a broader policy of restricting LGBTQ+ public gatherings. “In light of recent tragic and current events, people on the internet have been telling me, ‘cancel your Tennessee shows,’ ‘don’t go to Tennessee,'” Lizzo said during the concert. “Their reason was valid, but why couldn’t I come to the people who need to hear this message the most? Why couldn’t I create a safe space in Tennessee where we can celebrate drag artists and celebrate our differences?” In a video posted last Saturday on Instagram that portrays her in the company, among others, of Aquaria, Kandy Muse, Asia O’Hara and Vanessa Vanji, the singer then wrote the caption: “Thank you to these beautiful drag queens for showing their pride in Tennessee”.