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Queen Performers in LGBTQIA+ Communities

Drag performance has been a part of the LGBTQ+ community for decades, providing a form of self-expression and entertainment that celebrates diversity and acceptance. However, despite the progress made towards LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance, drag performers around the country are still being targeted by discrimination and harassment.

One of the biggest issues facing drag performers is the negative stigma attached to their art form. Many people still view drag as deviant or immoral, leading to discrimination and prejudice towards drag performers. This stigma can have serious consequences for drag performers, both personally and professionally.

Boundaries and Challenging Norm

For example, in some cities and towns, local officials have attempted to pass laws banning drag performances or restricting where they can be held. These laws are often rooted in the belief that drag is somehow harmful or inappropriate, and they can make it difficult for drag performers to find venues to showcase their talent.

Additionally, drag performers often face discrimination in the workplace. Many performers work part-time jobs to support themselves while pursuing their passion, but they may be denied employment or fired from their jobs simply because of their drag persona. This discrimination can be devastating, as it limits their ability to support themselves and their art.

How You Can Help?

So what can be done to address these issues and support drag performers around the country? The first step is to raise awareness about the discrimination and harassment they face. This can be done through social media campaigns, community events, and advocacy efforts.

In addition, it’s important to support drag performers financially by attending their shows, buying their merchandise, and donating to LGBTQ+ organizations that provide resources and support to the community. Supporting drag performers in this way not only helps them financially, but it also sends a message of acceptance and support to the broader community.

Finally, it’s important to push for policy changes that protect the rights of drag performers and other members of the LGBTQ+ community. This can include advocating for anti-discrimination laws, supporting LGBTQ+ candidates for public office, and pushing for education and awareness initiatives to combat negative stereotypes and stigmas.

In conclusion, the discrimination and harassment faced by drag performers around the country is unacceptable. By raising awareness, providing financial support, and pushing for policy changes, we can help create a more accepting and inclusive society for all members of the LGBTQ+ community.

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    FACEBOOK GROUP LINK

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    FACEBOOK GROUP LINK

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    FACEBOOK GROUP LINK

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    FACEBOOK GROUP LINK

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    FACEBOOK GROUP LINK

    See more details

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    FACEBOOK GROUP LINK

    See more details

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    FACEBOOK GROUP LINK

    See more details

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    FACEBOOK GROUP LINK

    See more details

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    FACEBOOK GROUP LINK

    See more details

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    FACEBOOK GROUP LINK

    See more details

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    Currently, we meet up once a week:

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    See more details

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    FACEBOOK GROUP LINK

    See more details

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