Newser: Actors Union Rips Tennessee's 'Ridiculous Politicians'

Actors' Equity Association on Wednesday urged live theaters in Tennessee to lobby to overturn new legislation restricting drag performances in the state, calling the lawmakers who approved it "ridiculous politicians." In a statement, Deadline reports, the union said it is "monitoring the progress of similarly dystopian laws in other states," as well. Gov. Bill Lee last week signed the nation's first law criminalizing drag performances held in public or anywhere children could see them. The union said the law puts people at physical risk. "The harm in Tennessee is focused on both personal and performance-based gender identity," the statement said. "We will not tolerate gender-based threats or violence."