Thousands of drag queens and their allies took to the streets this weekend in marches in San Francisco and West Hollywood to protest the many anti-LGBTQ+ bills being filed in states across the country, including Tennessee’s ban on public drag performance.
Out state Sen. Scott Wiener (D) told with the crowd at San Francisco’s “Drag Up! Fight Back!” event on Saturday, “If there’s one thing that I have learned over 36 years, it’s don’t mess with drag queens!”
And on Sunday in West Hollywood, thousands gathered in West Hollywood Park organized by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and 40 other LGBTQ+ groups before marching down Santa Monica Boulevard.
#DragMarchLA @LALGBTCenter Drag March in West Hollywood today 🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/5ZlsPbKyPR
— Kirstie & Christine 🌈 (@onairplanemode2) April 10, 2023
Calling the moment “beautiful,” “powerful,” and “the start of something revolutionary,” RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Kerri Colby addressed the crowd in West Hollywood from the rally stage.
“This truly is everything to many people — to Black trans women, to trans men, to non-binary and gender non-conforming, this is everything,” she added. “This is not just a fun little moment to gather and meet with friends. This is our life!”
Joanie Juster, an organizer for Drag Up! Fight Back!, told NBC News, “There has been so much anti-trans, anti-drag legislation passed. It’s creating a dangerous atmosphere of hate and potential violence.”
And the organizers of Drag March LA said in a statement before the event, “If it wasn’t clear already, we hope it is now – this is a crucial moment for our community.”
#DragMarchLA with @kerricolby #JustforVariery @Variety @LALGBTCenter pic.twitter.com/LxzqHm2Yzz
— Marc Malkin (@marcmalkin) April 9, 2023
This is what solidarity looks like!
Serapia from #TeamGomez joined the @LALGBTCenter’s Drag March LA in #WeHo, where over 1000 people marched to protest anti-LGBTQ+ bills and show our support for the trans community.
Pride started as a protest — and we won’t let hate win. 🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/jSKRV3nXrQ
— Rep. Jimmy Gomez (@RepJimmyGomez) April 9, 2023
Amazing protest march in San Francisco to support drag queens, trans people & everyone else under attack by right wing extremism. We’re fighting back against this fascism. pic.twitter.com/m62PDBv21R
— Senator Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) April 8, 2023
Amazing turnout today – thank you to the organizers. DRAG UP! FIGHT BACK! 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/rwnUpC28HQ
— Rafael Mandelman (@RafaelMandelman) April 8, 2023