Where would we be without our fantastic Drag storytellers?
Drag has supported the LGBTQ+ community for years. William Dorsey, a Black man who was born to enslaved parents and the first-documented Drag Queen, brought houses together under the art of Drag (Mills College Trans Studies Speaker Series, 2021). Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson advocated for the community and strived to provide resources for homeless LGBTQ+ youth (Julia Jacobs, 2019). To this day, the Drag community puts themselves at the forefront of advocacy, despite the vitriol that
is hurled at them.
We owe it to the Drag community to show up for them, just at Drag performers have been showing up for us.
Tip your performers. Tell your local representatives that, "Drag is not a crime!" Advocate for them, just as they have advocated for oppressed and marginalized communities throughout all these years.
Let you're performers know you love them. Allow them to have personal lives, especially our storytellers, who show up in storyteller mode for Drag Story Hour but should be allowed to exist outside of story hour without disparagement. Show them the positive side of their magic.
And protect Drag at all cost.
To all those Drag performers that have brought magic and positivity into my life and to all those that will, know that I love you!
Ms. Michelle (she, hers/ ella)