anti-drag law

A performance of the musical, "Hairspray." (Photo by Ronny Hartmann/Getty Images)

Proposed Ohio bill banning drag shows may have wide-ranging impact on theater performances

BY: - July 20, 2023

A proposed bill meant to limit drag performances has wide-ranging impacts on the entire theater community, possibly banning famous and celebrated musicals from being put on, according to performers in Northeast Ohio. The theater season is wrapping up at the Beck Center for the Performing Arts. “Drag just means dressing in the opposite gender; it […]

Drag queens ride on a float during a Stonewall Pride parade. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Ohio House Republicans introduce law to ban drag shows outside of adult entertainment venues

BY: - July 19, 2023

Two Ohio Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation that would ban drag performers from working anywhere that isn’t designated as an adult entertainment facility. The way the law is written, it would also appear to ban any theatrical performance where a character wears clothing opposite gender at birth. House Bill 245 prohibits “adult cabaret performances in […]