Dragged To Protest

This week marked a change in the landscape of America.  With the newly elected President inaugurated, the eyes of the world and especially the nation were glued to the TV and social media for a glimpse of the change of hands in the U.S. First Family.

The drag world was all a flutter about the election this past November, mostly cries of why, what now, and fear of the unknown.  Would this new President really repeal all the progress made by the previous administration?  Where does that leave the LGBTQ community?

As this week progressed, the countdown to the change of arms brought forth what no one thought possible. Donald Trump and Mke Pence were being sworn in as President and Vice-President of the United States of America.  Although, the states being possibly more divided than ever in modern history, calling them “United” is about as normal as calling Trump and Pence, “Mr. President,” and “Mr. Vice-President.”  But it’s the reality show we’re all in now, but not everyone was willing to take that sitting down.

Saturday marked the coming together of an estimated million women all over the world and especially the United States for the “Women’s March on Washington”.  The outpouring of support from around the country and the world by those who couldn’t go to Washington D.C. was displayed in local marches.  Countries as far as Australia, Cambodia, France, and England joined cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and New York as the Women’s March conveyed its message of gender equality, fair pay, anti-harassment, hope, love, strength, and LGBTQ rights.

Several drag queens were at local events; Drag Queens Galore drag friends, Saint Peter D’Vil and Monistat went to the Los Angeles March, out of drag.  While Pandora Boxx, Manila Luzon, and Willam Belli were in full drag spreading the message that every person deserves to be heard.  And what’s louder than our beloved drag queens?

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And of course, who could miss Courtney Act providing correspondence from both the inauguration and the march in Washington D.C. proving you don’t have to be “Born in the U.S.A.” to care what’s going on in this country.  Catch Courtney’s coverage (if she reads this, yes, you can take that one too Courtney) of the inauguration and march.

In addition, there were a lot of drag queens posting support of the marches, with messages like that from Raven; “Keep those tiny hands off my … ” and placing the ever important: “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” sign on her Facebook profile.  Drag Queens made it known they were in full support of what it meant to march on Saturday.

For anyone who says “Drag Queens are making fun of women,” they got a huge dose of “shut it” in the form of support of women and women’s rights.  Drag Queens have differing opinions of what it means to do drag, because they’ve all started for different reasons and do different styles of drag.  But one thing they can agree on, it’s important to stand up for the rights of everyone.

Drag Queens have been at the forefront of every major LGBTQ movement and women have been at the forefront of every LGBTQ movement.  It’s no wonder the two go together so naturally.  It’s everyone’s responsibility to stand up for what’s right and working together has always accomplished so much more.   While this weekend didn’t completely repair all the damage this election has caused, it has started the movement.

The next time you think about trashing those queens who put themselves up on a stage to entertain you, you think about what you’ve done to progress the movement of equality first.  Then you remember, these queens have stepped in front of the line, on the stage, and used their talents to speak up for those of you who can’t get out there.  Who can only participate via social media or the TV.  Talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words.

Thank you Courtney, Manila, Pandora, Willam, Saint Peter, Monistat, Raven and all the queens who speak up, get out there, use their platform to right the wrongs.  And thank you to all those queens at Stonewall, Pride Festivals around the world, and those who use their stage to spread love, unity, and equality.

Share with us your experiences with the march and send us your messages of hope for the future.  Comment, LIke,

Dragged Into Music Videos?

When Mama Ru says she’s taking over, she really means she’s taking over.  She’ll bring whoever she wants with her or send her queens to the show on her behalf.  Whatever the case, RuPaul has made it known, the queens are here and they’re here to stay!

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Coco Montrese, Alyssa Edwards, Roxxxy Andrews, Phi Phi O’Hara, Ginger Minj, Katya Zamolodchikova, Detox, Tatianna, Alaska Thunderfvck

Unforgettable queens sported some of the most unforgettable looks of the Video Music Awards past.  Only thing missing was “Party” girl, Adore.  Who may have missed the show for her tour stop in Manchester over the weekend.

Who was your favorite All Stars 2 remake?

 

The All Stars Are Coming The All Stars Are Coming!

That’s right, we’ve been talking about RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2 since the end of All Stars 1.   From lyrics in Alaska Thunderfuck’s RuGirls to self-proclaimed reasons why April Carrion didn’t win her season, the queens have been waiting for their next chance at drag super stardom.

But who picked these queens?  Who thought these were the “All Stars” of RuPaul’s Drag Race? We’ve participated in enough online polls by drag websites, Logo TV and RuPaul’s Drag Race social media.  But were your votes heard?

I don’t know about you, but it seems like this is a very heavy Season 5 cast of Drag Race alumni. Which makes one wonder, “does it make better sense to cast those who make great TV?” After all that is what we’re doing, watching TV.  This show didn’t get it’s first official Emmy nod (other than Mathu and his makeup skills in 2015) this year. Proving that a man in a dress can still kick your ass.

All Stars 2 cast from Entertainment Weekly
All Stars 2 cast from Entertainment Weekly

But back to the casting, what if there isn’t a way to accurately calculate who’s voting more than once? What if the producers felt bad for not awarding certain runners-up the crown originally?  What about all those who cried, “but she didn’t deserve to win, [Insert your favorite queen here] did!”

Were people still bothered by Tyra Sanchez winning from Season 2 and thought? Well maybe now that Tatianna and Raven have squashed their beef, we can commence her return to the RuPaul’s Drag Race runway.  Will she be saying “Thank you” or be sent home? (You know you said it in your head as you read it)

What about Miss Phi Phi O’Hara who this year has launched her 365 days (yes-she-knows-this-is-leap-year-give-her-a-day-off) campaign where she’s literally brought us looks to die for every single day! Could that be her way of saying, “Look at my work and worship me like the All Star that I am!”

And who can forget the Coco-Alyssa dance off to end all dance offs for a crown that one lost to the other because of some secret stuff no one really still understands? Bringing back memorable quotes that inspired songs like “look how orange you are girl” and of course, “back rolls”!

But really, does anyone NOT want to see what happens when RoLaskaTox is reunited? While The Heathers may have made beautiful music together (cough-ok maybe not beautiful but fun-cough), RoLaskaTox actually got in trouble by Miss Michelle Visage herself.  Was she trying to break up the playground bullies or did she just want in on the group?

Speaking of playgrounds, what about that Adore Delano? Who’s now on her sophomore album After Party, following her debut album Till Death Do Us Party after her Season 6 appearance. With her return to Drag Race it only makes sense to hear more from her.

But the newest members of the Drag Race family who were “robbed” of their crowns, Miss Congeniality herself, Ekaterina Zamolodchikova, better known as Katya the Russian import (who we later found out had no ties to “Mother Russia”) and runner-up, Ginger Minj.  Both of these queens had their time on stage with now winner Violet Chachki when we thought both may have snatched the crown.

In the end, Mama Ru knows, you can’t please all the people all the time.  So let’s hope for the best for each of these already stellar and successful queens as we watch their journey next week. Remember to play nice on social media and go out to your local drag show, you never know who’s going to be on the next season or even an All Star.