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Madonna to perform concert in Nashville, donate proceeds to 'trans rights' groups

From the 65th Grammy Awards on February 5, 2023 (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Pop icon Madonna just announced that she is adding a Nashville stop on her upcoming "Celebration Tour," set to begin later this year.

The 64-year-old singer made the announcement on Instagram on Monday, stating that she added the Nashville concert at Bridgestone Arena because of new Tennessee laws that severely restrict drag shows and so-called "gender-affirming care" for children. She criticized those laws as "unfounded and pathetic" and claimed that they make "America a dangerous place for our most vulnerable citizens, especially trans women of color."

"The oppression of the LGBTQ+ is ... unacceptable and inhumane," Madonna stated.

Madonna also stated that Bob the Drag Queen, a recent winner of RuPaul's "Drag Race" show, will join her in Music City on December 22.

"Anyone with half a brain knows not to f*** with a drag queen," Madonna wrote on Instagram. "Bob and I will see you from the stage in Nashville where we will celebrate the beauty that is the Queer community!"

According to reports, Madonna intends to donate the proceeds from the Nashville concert to so-called "trans rights" groups.

At about the same time that Madonna posted on social media about the Nashville concert, her website likewise issued an announcement about the Nashville show. Unfortunately, the timing of the announcements coincided with the news that a female suspect who identified as transgender had murdered three adults and three children at a Christian school in Nashville. The decision to add Nashville to the schedule likely did not come in response to the shooting, and neither announcement about Madonna's Nashville concert makes reference to the shooting, the shooter, or the Christian identity of the victims.

The new drag show law in Tennessee that has Madonna so enraged does not explicitly refer to "drag," though it does forbid "adult cabaret entertainment" and "male and female impersonators" on public property and in locations where children are present. Such shows must be held at least 1,000 feet from schools, houses of worship, and public parks. Violators of this law will face a misdemeanor charge for the first offense and a felony for repeat offenses.

Another new Tennessee law prohibits medical professionals from treating a minor's biological sex like a disease. Doctors may not prescribe puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones or perform surgery to alter a child's genitals.

"These children do not need these medical procedures to be able to flourish as adults," said state House Majority Leader William Lamberth (R). "They need mental health treatment. They need love and support, and many of them need to be able to grow up to become the individuals that they were intended to be."

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