Arizona Republicans want to make it a crime to dress as your opposite birth gender for entertainment punished by up to 15 years in prison (Class 4 Felony), do you agree with this law, why or why not?

Text to Bill:

https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/56leg/1R/bills/SB1698P.pdf

Page 15 – Section G

G. Except as otherwise provided in this section, if a person is at least eighteen years of age or has been tried as an adult and is convicted of a dangerous crime against children involving luring a minor for sexual exploitation, sexual extortion, or unlawful age misrepresentation OR UNLAWFUL EXPOSURE TO AN ADULT ORIENTED PERFORMANCE OR ADULT ORIENTED BUSINESS PURSUANT TO SECTION 13-3508 and is sentenced to a term of imprisonment, the term of imprisonment is as follows and the person is not eligible for release from confinement on any basis except as specifically authorized by section 31-233, subsection A or B until the sentence imposed by the court has been served or is commuted, except that if the person is convicted of unlawful age misrepresentation the person is eligible for release pursuant to section 41-1604.07:

Minimum Presumptive Maximum

5 years 10 years 15 years

To define that we have –

Page 8, Section 5, Item 5

  1. Adult oriented business” means adult arcades, adult bookstores or video stores, cabarets, adult live entertainment establishments, adult motion picture theaters, adult theaters, massage establishments that offer adult service, DRAG SHOWS OR ESTABLISHMENTS THAT CONDUCT DRAG SHOWS or nude model studios.

And Finally the definition of “Drag Show”

Page 8, Section 5, Item 12

12. “DRAG SHOW” MEANS A SHOW OR PERFORMANCE FOR ENTERTAINMENT DURING WHICH A SINGLE PERFORMER OR GROUP OF PERFORMERS DO BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING: (a) DRESS IN CLOTHING AND USE MAKEUP AND OTHER PHYSICAL MARKERS OPPOSITE OF THE PERFORMER’S OR GROUP OF PERFORMERS’ GENDERS AT BIRTH TO EXAGGERATE GENDER SIGNIFIERS AND ROLES. (b) ENGAGE IN SINGING, DANCING OR A MONOLOGUE OR SKIT IN ORDER TO ENTERTAIN AN AUDIENCE OF TWO OR MORE PEOPLE.

Anyway – you can read the bill in its entirety.

Is this reasonable? Is this exercising personal freedoms? Is this state overreach on parenting rights? Will we have to remove the Bugs Bunny episodes where he wears a dress? What about Mrs. Doubtfire, Peter Pan, Mulan, Joan of Ark?

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