The so-called “culture war” has conservative politicians setting their eyes on a familiar target in recent months: the LGBTQ+ community. A slew of bills in conservative-leaning states have sought to legally restrict or altogether prohibit drag show performances in public spaces. Since the late nineteenth century, drag has existed as a performative art form consisting of gender-bending, traditionally in the form of male performers dressing as women. As the art form has emerged from its tradition as a subversive art of female impersonation, its commercialization has created a form of modern drag that is more about queer and gender non-conforming expression that plays with the fluidity of the gender construct.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on March 15, 2023. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Cihlar, Zach, "What Case Law Suggests About Legislative Attitudes Towards Drag Performance" (2023). AELJ Blog. 350.