Bonnaroo declares itself “place for inclusivity” following Tennessee drag law
Bonnaroo has issued a statement following Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee‘s passing of a law restricting public drag performances in the state.
The law prohibits “adult cabaret performance,” which includes “topless dancers, go-go dancers, exotic dancers, strippers, male or female impersonators, or similar entertainers,” on public property or in places it could be seen by a minor. Lee also passed a law banning gender-affirming health care for minors.
In a statement posted to Bonnaroo’s Twitter, organizers for the festival, which has been held in Manchester, Tennessee, since 2002, write, “Bonnaroo has and will always be a place for inclusivity, a safe haven for people of all walks of life and a champion of self-expression.”
“Rest assured The Farm will remain a sanctuary for those freedoms,” the statement continues. “Bonnaroovians will see no changes in programming or celebration of self-expression at the festival.”
This year’s Bonnaroo takes place June 15-18. The lineup includes Foo Fighters, Paramore, Portugal. The Man, Korn, AFI and Marcus Mumford, among others.
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