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Drag Community Leaders Are Organizing A Protest This Sunday In Solidarity With Black Lives Matter

By Colby Smith

Drag Community Leaders Are Organizing A Protest This Sunday In Solidarity With Black Lives Matter

Drag March For Change will feature a number of well-known Drag performers and activists.

In support of Black Lives Matter, leading members of Chicago’s Drag community are organizing a peaceful march beginning in Boystown this Sunday at 5:00 pm.

“Join Drag Queens, Kings, and everyone in between as they lead a peaceful (non-violent) protest march in support of Black Lives Matter and demand justice for victims of police brutality and excessive force through the Boystown community in Lakeview Chicago,” the Facebook event reads. 

“Drag community leaders will speak on the issues of today, the mission at hand, and ways to create and promote lasting impactful change for a better future for all.”

The event, organized by Joe Lewis — who goes by Jo Mama when performing in Drag, will feature a number of speeches from well-known Drag performers and activists, including:

  • RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, Shea Couleé
  • Drag Queen of the Year, Lucy Stoole
  • Black Girl Magic coordinator and RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, The Vixen
  • Chicago’s Premier Body Building Drag Queen, Miss Toto
  • Co-chair of Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Jazmine Salas
  • and more

Drag March for Change will be a peaceful protest, that which encourages fellow protestors to de-escalate situations if necessary. Additionally, the protest encourages members to wear PPE masks and bring/use hand sanitizer.

The protest demands justice for George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor. Furthermore, it demands that violence against Trans individuals to be reclassified as a hate crime, acknowledgement that black lives matter from all levels of the government — specifically the executive branch of the federal government, immediate release of protests, as well as the enactment of the Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC).

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Drag March For Change will take place this Sunday at 5:00 pm beginning the march in Boystown in Lakeview at Belmont and Halsted, and ending at Halsted and Grace where Drag community leaders will speak.

The protest is currently accepting volunteers. If you would like to sign up, you can do so here.

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