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by Christopher Rudolph

8/4/2020

One in five LGBTQ Americans are not registered to vote, and election cycle after election cycle, youth turnout continues to be a challenge.

The worlds of politics and drag have collided over the past few years. RuPaul’s Drag Race now ends every episode with queens carrying signs urging viewers to register to vote, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren even had a booth at last year’s RuPaul’s DragCon NYC.

But those efforts aren’t enough when one out of five LGBTQ people are not registered to vote. After bestselling author and speaker Jackie Huba learned that 100 million sat out during the 2016 election, and inspired by Phi Phi O’Hara’s “Queens United” fundraiser for Hurricane Maria relief, Huba founded Drag Out the Vote, a movement enlisting drag queen ambassadors to help people register to vote.

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“Drag artists are uniquely positioned to use their platform to rally their communities to action,” Huba tells NewNowNext. “Drag Out The Vote gives drag artists the tools and training they need to register LGBTQ+ voters and make their voices heard.”

Huba, who is a female drag queen herself, explains how once the ambassadors are trained, they will be equipped with social media tools, video PSA scripts, and resources to register people to vote. Drag Out the Vote’s national co-chairs are big names in the drag world, including Drag Race queens Brita Filter and Jaremi Carey (Phi Phi O’Hara), along with Marti Gould Cummings, a New York City nightlife staple and activist who is running for a seat on the New York City Council in 2021. Co-chairs will produce online content, host events, fundraise, and help energize their fanbase to get out to the polls in November.

In addition to Drag Race squirrel friends, national partners for Drag Out the Vote include Planned Parenthood, the LGBTQ Victory Institute, and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Learn more how you can get involved and serve voter realness for the 2020 election here.

I write about drag queens. Dolly Parton once ruffled my hair and said I was “just the cutest thing ever.”

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