Drag is everywhere — literally, if you’re inclined to agree with RuPaul’s assertion that we were all born naked and the rest is drag. Recently, however, some politicians have stirred up controversy over the presence of drag in a few very specific places, namely libraries and restaurants during weekend brunch hours. Last June, hate groups made headlines by disrupting drag queen story hours at libraries, and Republican lawmakers in Florida, Texas and Arizona proposed banning minors from attending. drag queen brunches. In response, the drag queens — who have long faced willful ignorance of their craft — haven’t backed down (and they won’t).
RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Eureka is one of those queens. Through his work on HBO’s Emmy-winning docuseries We are here, Eureka has seen it all when it comes to queer visibility, community and acceptance. The series, which co-stars Comrade drag race alums Bob the Drag Queen and Shangela, drop off the trio of queens in small towns across America where they empower the local queer community and their allies to host an elaborate drag celebration. These shows, which feature performances from local newbies paired with pros, show just how powerful drag can be — and how important drag is for kids.
Eureka, who is currently filming season 3 of We are here, told Decider of his own young fans. “I will travel and their parents will even communicate with me to meet them outside the room because they are not old enough,” Eureka said in a video interview (above), “because they want to see the person who made them comfortable with being a chubby 10 year old.
As for the hours of drag queen stories, Eureka says they’re important because they provide positive examples of queer diversity and visibility for kids. “Young kids are very impressionable and they can hear the hate on TV or in their family,” Eureka said. “I think seeing something different like flirting expressed and being able to read these children’s books that explain gender for someone that age is a really nice way to educate.”
Eureka’s statements echo what she drag race sisters Nina West and Jackie Cox also told Decider when asked to comment on recent headlines. “If you see someone who wasn’t born female wearing a dress, what horrible things will happen to a child? The answer is nothing if you really think about it,” Cox said. they are inspired to wear a dress themselves, is that such a horrible thing?If they are inspired to realize that their own gender identity may be different from the one they were assigned at birth, is that a horrible thing? What are you so afraid of?”
“I want to shout out to these queens who do it daily in small communities in Wyoming and Montana, and North Carolina, and states that are red,” West said. “They don’t give up their beliefs. They are there for families and children who desperately need them. I think the most punk thing you can do right now is flirt and read a book to the kids.
New York Post