A memo from Bristol town solicitors advises against amending the definition of “adult entertainment,” as requested in a petition filed by resident Robert Botelho. The proposed definition would include “the act of entertaining with or without music by dancing, or behaving in a manner consistent with mimicking sexual action or seduction with or without the physical contact of others with the intent to amuse, please, sexually stimulate or provide sexual gratification for viewing pleasures of legal adults within or outside of the establishment.” The ACLU and a Bristol brewery that hosted a drag show opposed the petition, with the ACLU arguing that it is “inappropriately aimed at LGBTQ+ individuals.” The town solicitors noted that the current definition already covers traditional establishments that municipalities seek to limit and that the proposed wording is “ambiguous.” While the decision ultimately rests with the town council, the solicitors advised against making the proposed changes.

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