Friends of George’s Seeks Injunction Against Tennessee’s Anti-Drag Law

Memphis, TN, March 2023:

Friends of George’s, a Memphis-based 501(c)(3) theatre company, has filed suit against the state of Tennessee in the U.S. District Court for the Western District (TN). Tennessee’s reckless anti-drag law, approved recently by Governor Lee and scheduled to take effect on April 1, imperils the lives of drag performers and seeks to oppress queer culture state-wide.

Since 2011, Friends of George’s has produced original, drag-centric performances, comedy sketches, and plays while raising thousands of dollars for other Mid-South charities that support or affirm the LGBTQIA+ population.

All Friends of George’s productions are rooted in the rich history of drag, gender impersonation, and gender exploration through theater art. We honor and protect this centuries-old tradition in the queer community and our society.

We believe that the act of drag challenges traditional societal structures while also providing a medium to connect with others in a celebratory and avant-garde manner. Friends of George’s stands in solidarity with other drag performers, the greater LBGTQIA+ community, and countless allies as we refuse to sit silently in the shadows while the government attempts to strip away our right to free speech and expression.

Friends of George’s is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Memphis, TN. Its mission is to empower the LGBTQIA+ community by raising the visibility of queer representation on the stage. Every production benefits a selected local charity that inclusively supports or affirms the LGBTQIA+ population.

Friends of George’s is proud to announce its upcoming production of “Drag Rocks!” – a rock-inspired drag and sketch comedy show. “Drag Rocks!” runs April 14 through April 22 at the Evergreen Theatre at 1705 Poplar Ave in Memphis, TN. Tickets can be purchased at