Drag queens protest at border wall to raise money for LGBTQ asylum-seekers

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02/25/2019

Beatrix Lestrange stood in front of a crowd wearing a multicolored dress, red wig, black pumps and a choker with studs. “Who’s ready to have a political time?” Lestrange asked the audience, which was standing in a semicircle cheering and applauding. “We’ll try to bring joy, positivity, beauty, drag, culture to whatever this is,” Lestrange added, pointing to the border wall directly behind her. Drag queens from across the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas, which sits on the U.S.-Mexico border, gathered Saturday in front of an existing border structure in Brownsville to host a No Border Wall Drag Protest. They said their goal was to show people there is no border crisis and voice opposition to more barrier construction in the region. All the money raised by the protest will go to LGBTQ asylum-seekers. Lestrange organized the protest performance and is a self proclaimed “dragtavist,” a drag queen who uses her platform for social activism. “The vision was to perform in front of this wall and project our beauty and our glamour and our empowerment against this symbol that stands for hate, racism and xenophobia,” Lestrange said. “All of these things that aren’t really happening in our community.”

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