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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Queens Take a Stand Against Anti-Trans, Anti-Drag Legislation

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The iconic television series RuPaul’s Drag Race recently celebrated its 200th episode, marking a milestone in its legacy as a voice for the LGBTQ+ community. However, as the American Civil Liberties Union tracks a record number of 349 bills that target LGBTQ+ rights during this legislative session, many of the show’s contestants are speaking out against discriminatory laws.

Drag Queens Speak Out Against Discriminatory Legislation

Despite the progress made since the show’s first airing in 2009, discrimination against the queer community still exists. The queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race refuse to remain silent and are using their voices to fight against discriminatory legislation.

During a viewing event for the milestone episode, queens from various seasons expressed their concerns. They called for action against legislation that would restrict transition-related care for minors and limit drag performances.

“It’s wild to see what’s going on as all these anti-trans bills being disguised as anti-drag bills,” season 15 contestant Sasha Colby said. “Without drag, I wouldn’t be able to figure out who I really am and my voice. And that’s what they want to stop from us, so let’s not do that.”

The video shown also featured other contestants from various seasons, who expressed similar opinions about the importance of positivity and staying true to oneself amidst political distractions. They emphasize the importance of drag as a tradition that has brought joy to many individuals for centuries.

How Anti-Trans Bills Affect the Drag Community

RuPaul’s Drag Race has long been celebrated as a show that champions diversity, with drag queens from all walks of life coming together to compete for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar.

One of the main concerns for drag performers is that the proposed anti-trans bills would have a direct impact on their ability to express themselves through their art form. Many of the queens on the show are openly transgender or also non-binary, and the proposed legislation could prevent their access to necessary medical care or make it harder for them to perform in drag.

The intersection of drag and trans rights is a crucial issue that affects many members of the LGBTQ+ community. Drag performers have long been at the forefront of the fight for equality, using their art form to promote inclusivity and diversity. By speaking out against anti-trans bills, the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race are continuing this tradition and fighting for the rights of all individuals, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

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