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Paramore's Hayley Williams Condemns Tennessee's Drag, Trans Health Care Bills

, issued a  in response to two Tennessee bills that target the LGBTQ+ community: “Drag is not a crime. Gender-affirming health care for all, including our youth, is a necessity,” Williams weighed in, as state legislatures across the country consider bans and restrictions on both., on February 23, Tennessee lawmakers sent two bills to Governor Bill Lee’s desk to be signed into law: one written to target drag performances in public spaces—the first drag ban in the nation to pass a state legislature, Migdon noted—and another to ban gender-affirming care for trans youth.

The drag ban would punish drag performers within 1,000 feet of a public park, school, or church with up to a felony offense.In a Story posted the evening after the hearings, Williams wrote, “Once again our state has passed two regressive and unfathomably harmful bills. We stand in solidarity with our LGBTQIA+ family and local LGBTQIA+ orgs in this fight, not only for inclusion for our friends & family in the queer community, but for radical acceptance and empowerment for each of them.” The post concluded with the hashtags #ProtectTransKids and #DragIsNotACrime. Williams also reposted efforts from state LGBTQ+ organizations, such as and , to call upon Gov.

Lee to reject the bills. The messages were reposted to Paramore’s account. These bills have garnered criticism from  and , as well  .

“[The drag ban] could easily ban pride. It bans public drag.

It bans transgender people performing, who are just living their lives. It charges them with a felony! It is blatantly unconstitutional,” wrote .Earlier this week,  by the Movement Advancement Project that described the current legislative assault on LGBTQ+ rights as a “war against LGBTQ people in America and their

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Chrissy Metz and Boyfriend Bradley Collins Recall the Origins of Their Pandemic Romance (Exclusive)
Chrissy Metz and her boyfriend Bradley Collins are feeling the love this Valentine's Day. The couple, who are approaching their three-year dating anniversary in May, sat down with ET's Rachel Smith to kick off «Couples Week,» sharing everything from how they first met and the moment they fell in love to their new children's book, .«When we first met, which was over the pandemic, we got to know each other very well because all you could do was talk because you didn’t get together,» Metz recalled of the early days of their romance. The two met on the dating app, Bumble, while in Nashville, Tennessee. As Metz shared in the interview, they soon realized they had mutual friends among other things in common.«For me, prayer is always important and I think for Bradley as well, and we always talked about how we were raised and how important it was to bolster children’s self-esteem and confidence and so we just wanted to impart that,» Metz said of how their new book came about, also referencing her time as a preschool teacher as a key period in her life. «I have a big family, so we just wanted to impart that message and to do that through a gentle direction to prayer because it was so important to us.»Metz added that she herself prays for «everything, literally all the time.» «Every single moment, I'm sort of talking and asking for help or guidance or sort of grateful for all the blessings that I've received,» she said.