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Miss Gay America Probably Might Have to Leave Arkansas Soon
« on: January 25, 2023, 12:13:25 pm »
Miss Gay America Probably Might Have to Leave Arkansas Soon

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/miss-gay-america-probably-might-have-to-leave-arkansas-soon/ar-AA16JRWU?cvid=1b169d5083e1499fa30608e866f2061d

Story by INTO (25 Jan 2023)

Since its induction fifty years ago, the Miss Gay America Pageant has held several events in Little Rock, Arkansas, celebrating drag in a part of the country where it is needed most. But a recent homophobic bill is now forcing the group to seek a new location.

The Arkansas legislature has proposed Senate Bill 43, which would classify drag as adult-oriented entertainment if passed. This would make drag illegal in any venue where it can be seen by a minor, regardless of the content of the performance. Whether or not the bill actually passes, the mere discussion of it is enough to give venue owners cold feet.

Starting in 1995, the pageant has used Robinson Center in Little Rock as its venue. With over 200 performers, the pageant needs the big stage this concert hall provides. Recently, Mad Angel Entertainment, the company that puts on the pageant, was all set to renew their contract through 2026 when the Robinson Center pulled back.

“They were like, ‘We don’t know what this bill is going to do. We don’t know if you should sign because we don’t want to sign a contract and then push you away,’” Michael Dutzer, CEO and executive producer of Mad Angel Entertainment, told NBC affiliate KARK News.

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