"Yes, I introduced my son to some drag queens today, so Tennessee, f---ing arrest me."
Maren Morris is taking a stand against Tennessee's controversial drag show bill.
The 32-year-old appeared on stage at Tennessee's Love Rising event to push back against Tennessee's newly signed anti-drag and anti-trans legislation, standing in solidarity alongside RuPaul's Drag Race alums Asia O'Hara, Aura Mayari, and more, benefiting the Tennessee Equality Project, Inclusion Tennessee, Out Memphis, and the Tennessee Pride Chamber.
"I brought my son here earlier today for soundcheck... and we got to go in the room where all the queens were getting ready and doing their makeup. And he freaked out when he went in there because it's just magic what drag queens do. There's wigs everywhere, and the smell of hairspray and wig glue; there's glitter; everyone's in a good mood," Morris said on stage. "It's just like a room of love. And we went back to my dressing room and my son is like, 'I need the queens!'"
"Yes, I introduced my son to some drag queens today," Morris continued, "So, Tennessee, f---ing arrest me."
“He’s growing up here as a Nashvillian, and I just want to leave this world for him a little bit better than the one we’re in right now. And I feel like nights like tonight help do that.”
Morris' words at Love Rising come weeks after Tennessee's governor, Bill Lee, signed measures into law that prohibit adult-oriented performances, including those with "male and female impersonators," in the presence of children — regardless of the nature of the show.
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"Love rose up. Thank you, Nashville, the gorgeous Queens, and the LGBTQ+ community for showing up last night," Morris wrote on Instagram. "A lot of healing happened, and it won't be forgotten."
At the event, Morris sang Found It and The Middle alongside drag performer Alexia Noelle Paris. Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, Hayley Williams and Brittany Howard also performed along with drag performers.
Love Rising! Fight for LGBT rights. Successful fundraising concert! Thanks to everyone who partook in this and donated money. pic.twitter.com/vvvWJB42cc— Aura Mayari 🌙 (@AuraMayari) March 21, 2023
Morris appeared as a guest judge on a January episode of RuPaul's Drag Race and addressed homophobia in country music with its queen competitors.
"Coming from country music and its relationship with LGBTQ+ members, I just want to say I’m sorry," she said on the reality show. "And I love you guys for making me feel like a brave voice in country music. I just thank you guys so much for inspiring me. I'm gonna cry! I gotta go!"
Last year, she also made waves after calling out Brittany Aldean, wife of country singer Jason Aldean, for making transphobic comments on social media.
Morris shares three-year-son, Hayes Andrew, with husband, fellow country music artist Ryan Hurd.
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