Drag race queens unite for huge drag protest in Los Angeles
RuPaul’s Drag Race Alumni join dozens of LGBTQ+ organizations to stage a drag march to protest anti-queer legislation in the US.
The demonstration will take place on Easter Sunday, April 9th at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles and will consist of performances by Drag Race Stars Kerri Colby and Honey Davenport, alongside speeches from activists and local government officials.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center is hosting the march, dubbed Drag March LA, with center executive Joe Hollendonor calling it a “nod to the origins of the LGBTQ+ movement.”
In a statement, he said: “It is no mistake that today’s drag bans are being accompanied by a sweeping movement banning access to gender-affirming care. We fight for our right to privacy, bodily autonomy, self-determination and freedom of expression.”
In 2023 alone, states across the US introduced several hundred bills, many aimed at banning public drag shows, removing LGBTQ+ content from schools, and eradicating transgender rights.
In an Instagram post, the Los Angeles LGBT Center said the community “will not stand by” when equality is reversed.
“There are over 400 anti-LGBTQ+ laws in the books,” the post reads. “If it wasn’t clear, let’s hope it is now: This is a pivotal moment for our community.”
Speakers at the event will include West Hollywood Mayor Sepi Shyne and Los Angeles Borough Chair Lindsey Horvath.
Drag Race Season 14 finalist Lady Camden will also be there, and in an Instagram post, the Queen urged people to gather and hear their voices.
“I know you’ll agree with me when I say that you deserve the right to love who you love and to do what you want with your body and the right to express yourself in any way you choose , including drag,” she called.
Season 14 queen Colby has previously explained why the legislation will fail.
“People have been oppressed since living memory. And history will show that it doesn’t work,” she exclusively told PinkNews. “She [try] delete everything that makes them uncomfortable. And that doesn’t erase it. If anything, it just pisses us off. We don’t even want to fight anyone.”
Season 11 queen Davenport has already denounced the politicians who are enforcing anti-LGBTQ+ laws.
“Dear friends, if you remain silent now while these evil politicians pass laws that will destroy my ability to create and survive, with the ultimate hope of wiping out my community’s existence, if you have absolutely nothing to say about it, don’t do it and never loved me,” she said.
Drag March LA starts at 10am local time and anyone wishing to attend is encouraged to register through Eventbrite.
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