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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.

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