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Lege Watch: House Bill 643 Drag VenuesThe bill: House Bill 643Filed by: Jared Patterson, Republican, District 106 (Frisco)What it does: The bill would amend Section 102.051 of the Texas Business and Commerce Code so that venues hosting “drag performances” would be considered “sexually oriented business[es],” making them subject to the state’s strict laws regulating strip clubs, adult-movie theaters, and the like. Then the legislation defines a drag show as “a performance in which a performer exhibits a gender identity that is different than the performer’s gender assigned at birth using clothing, makeup, or other physical markers and sings, lip syncs, dances, or otherwise performs before an audience for entertainment.” Drag shows have been under fire from many Texas Republicans in recent years, and Patterson’s bill is of a piece with efforts to…

The post Texas Lege Watch: Jared Patterson Wants to Regulate Drag Shows. He Has Trouble Defining Them.  appeared first on Texas Monthly.

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