This election, Drag queens and kings across the country are rallying together to make sure you get out and vote!
The art of drag carries a long history of impact on social justice movements across the United States. And now, we are seeing more drag queens use their platforms to discuss politics.
"We're Here. We're Queer. #WeVote"
The Emmy-nominated HBO docuseries ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre Here‚Äù premiered ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre Here. We‚Äôre Queer. #WeVote,‚Äù a roll call video featuring drag talent from all 50 states and DC.
Influential queens like Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen, and Eureka O‚ÄôHara starred and acted as consulting producers for the video. The PSA-type video was based on the 2020 virtual roll call from the Democratic National Convention.
‚ÄúThe importance of LGBTQ people using their voice has always been important but now more than ever! We have to stand together to maintain what growth we have received in our equal rights, and especially to keep them moving forward," said Eureka O'Hara.
Bob the Drag Queen explained, ‚ÄúVoting is the cornerstone of democracy and when you are underrepresented in congress this is the best way to make your voice heard.‚Äù
A group that serves "voting realness"
Committed to increasing LGBTQ+ voting turn out, the organization Drag the Vote Out aims to "educate, register, and turn out voters with the art and activism of drag."
The organizers hold offline and online events to help raise awareness and organize local and national voter activations.
National co-chair holders of the group include big drag queens like Phi Phi O'Hara, Brita Filter, and Marti Gould Cummings.
Drag Out The Vote started because of a woman‚Äôs determination to get the LGBTQ+ and Allied communities engaged about voting.
Finding out that 1 in 5 LGBTQ+ people is not registered to vote, and that 100 million people overall did not vote in 2016, executive director and founder, Jackie Huba was determined to change the trend.
In an interview with The Advocate, Huba says her friend Phi Phi O‚ÄôHara‚Äôs Puerto Rico benefit inspired her. Then, she decided to use the power of drag to motivate voters at events across the country.
‚ÄúAnd so that stuck in my mind ‚Äî the power of bringing drag artists together,‚Äù said Huba. "Obviously, we all know with Stonewall and so many different ways in LGBTQ history that drag artists really are at the forefront of the fight for LGBTQ equality across the country,"
"If there‚Äôs a fundraiser or a charity to be had, you know, drag artists are the first folks that people call!‚Äù
This year, drag queens are sure to make you strut your way to vote at your local polling place.