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Kelsea Ballerini Brings Drag Race Stars Onstage at 2023 CMT Awards

Kelsea Ballerini affirmed her support for the LGBTQIA+ community with her performance at the 2023 CMT Awards. She brought out Drag Race stars Manila Luzon, Kennedy Davenport, Jan Sport, and Olivia Lux for her performance of “If You Go Down (I’m Goin’ Down Too)” — an ode to solidarity in praxis unparalleled since “L’Internationale.” Right-wing politicians continue to introduce anti-trans and anti-queer legislature into state houses across the country, including many so-called “drag bans.” Texas, the state that hosted this year’s CMT Awards, is considering a drag ban similar to the state’s bounty law on abortion. If the bill passes, anyone can sue anyone who hosts or performs drag in front of a minor. The definition of “drag” in the bill is so large it could apply to Shakespeare in the Park. Or a country number played on CBS before watershed hours.

CMT Awards: Kelsea Ballerini Backed by Drag Race Stars