The Tennessee General Assembly handed a law in March criminalizing “adult cabaret entertainment” happening in public or within the presence of minors. Friends of George’s, an LGBTQ+ theater group based mostly in Memphis, sued over the law, claiming that it violated First Amendment rights.
Parker, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, on the time agreed that the law was “vague and “overly-broad,” and quickly blocked the law.
“The AEA can criminalize — or at minimum chill — the expressive conduct of those who wish to impersonate a gender that is different from the one with which they were born in Shelby County,” Parker wrote in his 70-page ruling. “Such speech is protected by the First Amendment.”
The choice additionally acknowledged that legal guidelines infringing on the First Amendment proper to freedom of speech should be “narrow and well-defined,” however the AEA is “neither,” the judge wrote.