Hayley Kiyoko Turns Her Cheek To Nashville Drag Show Restrictions
Hayley Kiyoko refuses to be silenced. The singer protested a recent law that restricts drag shows in Tennessee by welcoming two
Hayley Kiyoko refuses to be silenced. The singer protested a recent law that restricts drag shows in Tennessee by welcoming two drag queens on stage with her while performing in Nashville on Monday. The law bans “adult cabaret” in public or in front of minors. Kiyoko’s show was an all-ages event and shared that prior to her show she was warned by an “undercover cop” that “having a drag performance at my all-ages show could result in legal action.”
No Fear In Nashville
In an Instagram video, Kiyoko shared that she relayed the warning to the local drag queens, who went by the names of LiberTea and Ivy St. James, and chose to proceed with the performance anyways. The singer shared, “They showed no fear and said they wanted to continue with the show and come out on stage.”
Kiyoko wrote in her caption, “I never want to put anyone in a position to be at risk or in danger in any way.” Adding, “But also where is the line of being silenced? How do we navigate these absurd threats and laws against our community? I find pride in making sure my concerts are safe places for ALL. How can I do that if we aren’t allowed to be ourselves, especially at a predominantly queer concert? We deserve to have a safe space to be ourselves while we navigate the evil that is threatening our own existence.”
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Lizzo is another artist who recently protested against the law in April. The “Truth Hurts” singer brought 20 drag queens on stage with her during her Knoxville show saying, “Why would I not create a safe space in Tennessee where we can celebrate drag entertainers and celebrate our differences?” in a video of the concert.
Kiyoko Klear On Who She Is
Kiyoko has always been open about her sexuality in her music and her personality. Every time she takes the stage, Kiyoko is vulnerable with her audience.
During a recent concert in London, she serenaded her long-term girlfriend on stage in honor of their 5-year anniversary.
“If you don’t know this is my beautiful girlfriend Becca Tilley,” she’s heard saying in a video shared by an attendee. “She’s been living on the road with us over a week. How’s it going?”
The Bachelor franchise alum responded, “It’s fun… I haven’t slept a lot.”
Tilley herself gushed over their love with an Instagram video montage of their kindest moments.
She wrote, “5 years ago, on this fateful day in April of 2018, I got invited to a birthday/album release party for @hayleykiyoko.”
“I hesitated to say yes because I was tired from the night before but @brittneylaurenn convinced me to rally and so we hopped in our minivan Uber (a good luck sign for us) and went to the party…. & the rest is 5 years worth of history. Hayley- there have been very few moments in the course of these 5 years that you haven’t been on my mind. I love you! ,” she concluded.
Kiyoko continues to stand for freedom of self expression and spreading love!