ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Dozens of people attended Trisha's Drag Brunch at The Park Church in Elmira Sunday afternoon. While the performers sang, danced, and enjoyed their time on stage, the same can't be said about Drag Queens in other states.

"We need to support all those places like Tennessee and the different places that are trying to make it illegal to do drag. It’s very important to show your support for other states," Host and Drag Queen Trisha LaMorre said.

LaMorre continued by explaining how, "there are people struggling to live their life and be who they want to be. Drag is a form of entertainment, so I think we have way more important things to worry about." 

According to Time Magazine, Tennessee became the first state to ban public drag shows. This went into law after Governor Bill Lee signed the provision after the bill was passed in the state Senate. 

There are at least 14 other states that have introduced anti-drag bills, including Arizona, Kentucky, Montana, South Carolina and Texas. The bill in Tennessee prohibits "adult cabaret performances" in public places where minors can watch.

In Tennessee's bill, "adult cabaret" is defined as "adult-oriented performances that include male or female impersonators." To view the full breakdown of anti-drag bills in each state that's considering putting it into law, click here

Miss. Viola was one of the performers at Trisha's Drag Brunch, and said drag shows are a form of entertainment all in good fun. She said the girls who performed at the drag show are concerned about what's happening in states like Tennessee with anti-drag bills.

"We do have to be concerned about it because people are afraid of what’s different," Viola said, adding, "It’s unfortunate that it happens that way but they’re afraid of the things they don’t know."

Miss. Viola said Sunday's donations went to the performers. She said however, the drag queens have donated to causes like ACLU and the Human Rights Campaign, so they don't always keep every dollar they earn.

"Not everyone understands drag, why people do it, or why it's so popular," Viola said, adding, "I say to those who don’t understand this or have a problem with it, you loved it when Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari did it in Bosom Buddies in the 80s, you really loved it when Robin Williams did it in Mrs. Doubtfire in the 90s, I could go on and on and on... It is no different than that."

Miss. Viola said the attack isn't on drag queens, it's about the transgender community and what they're going through. Viola and LaMorre both feel people need to get together as one and support each other.

"Drag queens try to do this to make a living, have fun and enjoy themselves. I think the world would be a better place if we all tried to love each other. Less hate, more love," said LaMorre.

LaMorre plans to have a drag show fundraiser sometime in October for people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

For LGBTQIA+ mental health support and safe shelters, click here.