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RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Stars Say They Are Pushing Back Against Anti-LGBTQ Protests, Laws


NEW YORK (AP) — As the forged of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” celebrated the brand new season, they credited the present’s creator with popularizing drag and expressed concern concerning the protests and threats to the efficiency fashion on the coronary heart of the long-running sequence.

“RuPaul really brought drag into the mainstream, truly made people aware that it’s an art form more than anything” contestant Marcia Marcia Marcia informed The Associated Press at Thursday’s season 15 premiere in New York. The new season begins Friday on MTV.

“I think everyone was like fine with drag for a little bit,” stated the drag queen with the “Brady Bunch”-inspired identify. “And now history is repeating itself and people are speaking out against it, which I think is so silly.”

With a protracted and wealthy historical past, drag — the artwork of dressing as one other gender, typically for efficiency — has been attacked by right-wing politicians and activists who’ve falsely related it with the “sexualization” and “grooming” of kids. In current months, protesters — typically bearing weapons — have besieged drag story hours, throughout which performers learn books to kids. Bans on kids at drag occasions have been floated. In late November, a shooter at a Colorado Springs nightclub turned a drag queen’s celebration right into a bloodbath and was charged with hate crimes and homicide.

Loosey LaDuca.

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“But we always prevail,” Jax added. “We always prevail and we’re always going to come out on top because we’re on the right side of history and we love what we do and we’re not doing anything to harm anybody. We’re just trying to bring love to everything.”

To contestant Loosey LaDuca, as nicely, that is nothing new: “It is really unfortunate that during this time, drag queens have become the new target. But LGBT people are no stranger to being the, you know, the public enemy.”

Meeting threats with warning is ok, LaDuca stated, however “we’ll never be scared.”

Last month, New York City Councilman Erik Bottcher attended a drag story hour in his district. He filmed and posted video of “dozens of homophobic protesters outside with the most disgusting signs verbally attacking the families and the drag queen.” Two days later, he stated, anti-drag activists vandalized the hallway outdoors his workplace and gained entry to his residence constructing.

The Season 15 cast of "RuPaul's Drag Race" visited New York's Julius' Bar in January 2023.
The Season 15 forged of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” visited New York’s Julius’ Bar in January 2023.

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Two of them had been arrested. A 3rd was arrested for assaulting one in every of my neighbors,” he informed the AP on the premiere. “This is all an attempt to intimidate those of us supporting drag story hour.”

Contestant Irene Dubois has a idea about what’s behind the vitriol aimed toward drag performers.

“I think a man in women’s clothing is inherently hilarious just because we’re like, (gasps) ‘That’s not supposed to happen!’” Dubois hypothesized. “And it’s when the men in women’s clothing stop sort of doing the nudge, nudge, wink, wink and start actually enjoying the way they look in the women’s clothing that people start to sort of say, ‘Wait, hold on, hold on, hold on. You’re supposed to be laughing at yourself. And if you’re not laughing at yourself, we don’t like it.’”

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” choose Ross Mathews paints the progress and regression as “a pendulum swinging.”

Princess Poppy.
Princess Poppy.

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“The further we advance and the more that we are embraced, accepted, celebrated that pendulum — they’re going to try to swing it back, to move our movement back,” he says of anti-drag activists. “But you cannot put this genie back in the bottle. Darling, we are fabulous.”

Marcia Marcia Marcia had a easy message for critics of drag, which she says is “all about fun and expression”: “If you have a problem with those things, I think you need to reevaluate.”

In the tip, contestant Princess Poppy hopes that it’s the influence RuPaul has made on tradition with “Drag Race” that may prevail.

“I feel like it’s helped a lot of people who don’t really quite understand drag people or gay people or drag queens,” she stated. “They don’t really understand because they don’t really understand what we’re doing. But the show, it humanizes us, and it shows that we’re people, too.”


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