RuPaul Slams GOP Lawmakers For Anti-Drag Legislation
Actor, drag performer, and activist RuPaul posted a video on Instagram on March 8 blasting conservative lawmakers who are currently pushing anti-drag and other anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation in their states.
In the video, RuPaul refers to those politicians as ‘stunt queens’ who want to distract Americans ‘from the real issues that they were voted into office to focus on: jobs, health care, keeping our children safe from harm at their own school.’
‘But we know that bullies are incompetent at solving real issues. They look for easy targets so they can give the impression of being effective,’ the 62-year-old continued. ‘They think our love, our light, our laughter, and our joy are signs of weakness. But they’re wrong because that is our strength. Drag queens are the Marines of the queer movement.’
RuPaul ended the video by urging people to remember their political power, saying ‘a social media post has never been as powerful as a registered vote.’
The post, which has 2.2M views as of March 9, comes just days after Tennessee’s Republican governor signed a bill severely restricting drag performances in public spaces and in the vicinity of children.
According to the New York Times, more than 150 bills targeting the trans and greater LGBTQIA+ community were introduced this year by GOP lawmakers in at least 25 states.
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