In this era of identity exploration, a lot of folks are asking: what’s the deal with America? What is America?
When confronted by this question, people used to privilege will often mumble something about an abstract idea thought up by a dead white male in the 1700s, or even get angry because it makes them uncomfortable. But I will argue that America’s identity is plain for all to see, and we owe it to our fallen to validate it.
First, some history. In the vast tapestry of America’s cultural landscape, drag queens have emerged as vibrant ambassadors of self-expression and acceptance for a reason. They embody the very essence of audacity, fearlessly challenging societal norms and pushing the boundaries of gender identity. With every flick of a sequin and every twirl on the dance floor, drag queens create an atmosphere that shatters prejudice and bigotry, replacing them with love and understanding.
is it the dreams and paths we choose –
a tapestry woven with kaleidoscope threads –
the triumph and torment, filth and divinity,
breakfast after breeding my banana bear
—Anonymous bathroom drag poet
America, a land of boundless opportunity, has provided these drag queens with a platform to captivate audiences from every walk of life. In the halls of clubs and on the stages of theaters, these luminous beings paint a kaleidoscope of colors upon the canvas of our hearts. They inspire us to embrace our own uniqueness, urging us to celebrate our differences rather than hide them away.
Drag queens have become official ambassadors of the LGBTQIA+ essence flowing through the veins of our institutions, fearlessly leading the charge for equality and acceptance. In their glamorous defiance, they twerk in the face of bigotry, dismantling walls of prejudice with every hip sway. Their performances are not merely entertainment, but acts of revolution, challenging the very foundations of a cishet world that seeks to confine and restrict.
They remind us that true liberation comes from within, and that authenticity is the key to unlocking the shackles that society imposes.
In this land of the free, drag queens are leading our bold charge to rub the glitter of LGBTQIA+ into the souls of newer generations so deeply that it can never come out. This is their most radiant gift, passed down from the trailblazers who dared — celebrated — to be different, who risked rejection and judgment to forge a path towards universal love.
This vibrant heritage continues to empower those who follow, inspiring them to cast off the weight of conformity and dance to the beat of their own drum.
So that is it. Drag queens are America, and America is the biggest drag queen of them all. America twerks in the face of bigots, and God (who is trans) have mercy on those who stand against our mission of love.
Dragmerica’s open society welcomes all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or identity. It is a place where LGBTQIA+ individuals find solace, where they are embraced as beloved citizens, and where their contributions are celebrated. This is the Dragmerica that shines as a beacon of hope, promising a future where love conquers hate and acceptance prevails over intolerance.
Let us cherish the land that celebrates diversity over normativity, where drag queens reign as fabulous symbols of freedom and resilience. Let us pilgrimage to our local drag queen events to feast our senses on these queenly symbols, as we once did to the statue of Lady Liberty.
Together, we are creating a society that not only tolerates but embraces every color of the rainbow. In these United States of Dragmerica, the country which very essence is a drag queen of liberty, we unambiguously pledge to keep The Glitter alive and shiny and spread it freely to all who deserve our benevolence.
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