When President Trump visits the UK in July he will be met by thousands of ugly men in dresses and make-up preening and sashaying against his mythical anti-gay policies. What these drag queens hope to achieve is anyone’s guess. I think they thrive on the attention because it’s not like a mob of gender-benders and weirdoes can affect any kind of change or even be taken seriously.
A Facebook event cleverly named “Drag Protest Against Trump UK Visit” is set for Trump’s July 13th UK visit:
Calling all drag kings, queens, queers and our allies to march against President Donald Trumps UK visit.
Due to the appalling way the Trump administration has regarded the rights and welfare of LGBTQI communities of the US, the idea of a Trump visit to the UK is unacceptable.
I’d say they are still mad about he Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 beatdown we gave ‘em at the Battle of New Orleans, but I suspect their anger is sequin related.
The event organizer, someone named Cheddar Gorgeous, wrote a piece in The Guardian about why he/she/it is so furious at the US President:
Despite claiming on the campaign trail to be “gay friendly”, the Trump administration has unleashed a barrage of policies and amendments that demonstrate the contrary. From reinstating a ban on transgender military personnel and rescinding legal protections for trans workers and students to arguing in favour of a homophobic cake shop, the actions of the US president have been decidedly unfriendly to LGBTQI people.
That’s only three things, which is hardly a barrage, and only two of them are actually policies. None of them however are “amendments” nor do they restrict anyone’s rights. Trans people can still serve in the military, they just can’t do it in a cocktail dress the same as everyone else.
People of colour, migrants and women have also been the subject of controversial policies, offensive remarks and ill-thought-out tweets. It feels as if the Trump administration seeks to use diversity as the scapegoat on which America is apparently made great again … and, to top it off, he failed to recognise pride month.
He failed to recognize (yeah, that’s how you spell it, Limey) pride month? *gasp* Finally we get to the bottom of this British drag queen anger. Trump didn’t recognize National Doughnut Day or Talk Like A Pirate Day either, but that doesn’t mean he’s anti-bear claw or a Piratephobe. He’s the President of the most powerful country in the world and maybe he has bigger issues to deal with than giving a nod to unimportant crap.
As I stated, this protest is pointless and will achieve nothing, but Cheddar Gorgeous disagrees:
One of the things that makes drag so powerful is the way we make ourselves visible in a particularly spectacular way.
I don’t know if Trump can resist the power and spectacle of a drag queen mob. Then again, he probably won’t even see it. The drag protest organizers have absolutely no idea where Trump will be on his visit, which kind of makes it hard to show up where he is going to be.
By pushing the way that we look to the extremes, we are showing that we are not ashamed to be different – we are proud of our differentness. Most important of all, we are showing that the UK is a place that is not ashamed to celebrate the diversity of its people. If we can be accepted as the extreme glittery spectacles that we are, then it just might make it easier for everyone else to be themselves, too.
This is one of those things were it’s okay to have a little shame and maybe even some modesty.
For the record, Donald Trump is the first US President to enter office as a supporter of gay marriage. Bill Clinton was against it and even signed a bill banning it. Barack Obama was against it until his second term, when he decided it was safe to support. I know that when it comes to Trump, lefties hate facts, but he is the most LGBT-friendly US President ever.