Season 15 queens talk anti-drag protests and legislation

Season 15 queens talk anti-drag protests and legislation

The queens of season 15 of MTV's RuPaul’s Drag Race spoke with GLAAD to discuss current events involving the LGBTQ+ community. Speaking with GLAAD’s Anthony Allen Ramos, the contestants commented such topics like the growing number of anti-drag protests as well as the anti-LGBTQ+ legislation. 

In recent months, we’ve seen drag events, specifically drag queen story hours being targeted by right-wing politicians and activists who have falsely associated it with the “grooming” of children.

Many will remember that in late November, a shooter at a Colorado Springs nightclub opened fire on the venue, tragically killing five people. The shooter was subdued and was charged with hate crimes and murder.

 

Regard the increased violence, Jax, that while it was “disheartening” it does not come as a surprise. 

“Just like being a person of color, being a minority, growing up in certain communities, it’s something that I’ve had to undergo my entire life.”

“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.”

Despite the hate and opposition, the cast continues to work toward a brighter future for the community. Mistress Isabelle Brooks explained she will continue to use her platform to do so. 

“I’m gonna utilize my platform and continue to just bring light and joy to people and take everyone out of their everyday life. At the end of the day, there’s just stuff that we can’t prevent, but we still have to take a stand and try our best to just keep spreading that positivity.”

Loosey LaDuca offered the idea that many might be against drag shows because they have never experienced one.  

”I think the common thread between all of these people who think that there’s an issue with drag have never actually been to a drag show. I know that every single drag show that I have ever been to, I leave feeling better, more empowered.” 

 

 

 

The queens went on to discuss other topics like what we can expect to see this season of Drag Race. From the tea on all the guest judges this season to the juicy onscreen drama fans of the franchise are sure to be enthralled. 

Be sure to catch the entire GLAAD interview here and dont miss an episode of season 15 of RuPaul’s Drag Race now on MTV. 

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