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posted Friday, October 23, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 43
Drag performers from all 50 states launch roll call video for LGBTQ voters hosted by Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen, and Eureka O'Hara
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Drag performers from all 50 states launch roll call video for LGBTQ voters hosted by Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen, and Eureka O'Hara

(October 21, 2020) - The hosts and producers behind the Emmy-nominated HBO docuseries We're Here today premiered "We're Here. We're Queer. #WeVote," a roll call video featuring drag talent from all 50 states, as well as DC, urging LGBTQ people and allies to vote in the upcoming election.

View the video at

https://youtu.be/XXYZJBHx4s0

Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen, and Eureka O'Hara, hosts and consulting producers of HBO's We're Here, star in the video, based on the 2020 virtual roll call from the Democratic National Convention, where a representative from each state cast votes for a candidate from a beautiful location in their home state.

"We're Here. We're Queer. #WeVote" aims to reach LGBTQ voters and motivate them to the polls, to let them know their votes matter, and that LGBTQ voters are here, everywhere.

[It] premiered on national LGBTQ advocacy organization GLAAD's Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube pages today. The video also premiered on social media pages of Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O'Hara, and the other talent featured in the video.

The roll call video was created and produced by Stephen Warren, Johnnie Ingram, Erin Haglund and Peter LoGreco, producers of HBO's We're Here, as well as Intellectual Property Corporation and Trailer Park. We're Here was nominated for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program at this year's Primetime Emmy Awards and was recently renewed for a second season by HBO.

The video points viewers to GLAAD's Voting Action Center (http://glaad.org/vote) to check registration, request mail-in ballots, and become a digital door-knocker to spread the word about what is at stake for LGBTQ people this election.

Bob, Shangela, and Eureka also spoke out about the importance of the LGBTQ vote:

Bob the Drag Queen said: "Voting is the cornerstone of democracy and when you are underrepresented in congress this is the best way to make your voice heard."

Shangela said: "It's imperative that we as an LGBTQIA community stand together and make our voices heard loud and clear during this election. There is a great deal at stake for us and those who love like us, and if we don't win, the conservative agenda will push back any progress on equality that we've achieved in the last decade."

Eureka: "The importance of LGBTQ people using their voice has always been important, but now more than ever! We have to stand together to maintain what growth we have received in our equal rights and especially to keep them moving forward. It's no longer a suburban family ruled America! We have to prove that! We're Here and We Vote!"

The "We're Here. We're Queer. #WeVote" roll call video features Bob the Drag Queen, Shangela, and Eureka O'Hara, as well as drag queens, drag kings, and transgender and nonbinary talent:

" Alabama: Sam Star

" Alaska: Gigi Monroe

" Arizona: Tempest Dujour

" Arkansas: Inertia the Movement

" California: Landon Cider

" Colorado: Alice Glamoure

" Connecticut: Mia E. Z'lay

" Delaware: Magnolia Applebottom

" Florida: Queef Latina

" Georgia: Celeste Holmes

" Hawaii: Sasha Colby

" Idaho: Ursula

" Illinois: Tenderoni

" Indiana: Miss Mossy Stone

" Iowa: Domita Sanchez, Vana B

" Kansas: Brown Sugar

" Kentucky: Uma Jewels

" Louisiana: Luna Rei

" Maine: Cherry Lemonade

" Maryland: Sue Nami

" Massachusetts: Laila McQueen

" Michigan: Gabriella Stratton Galore

" Minnesota: Allota Shots

" Mississippi: Lexis D'Ville

" Missouri: Crystal Methyd

" Montana: JuicyBouviƩr St. James

" Nebraska: Persephone Shakers

" Nevada: London Adour, Asia King, Anetra

" New Hampshire: Ivy League

" New Jersey: Olivia Lux

" New Mexico: Lady Shug

" New York: Shequida Hall, Brita Filter

" North Carolina: Amazing Grace

" North Dakota: Kara Fiyera

" Ohio: Virginia West

" Oklahoma: Londenn D Raine

" Oregon: Flawless Shade

" Pennsylvania: Vinchelle

" Rhode Island: Phaedra Phaded

" South Carolina: Patti O Furniture

" South Dakota: Maddix Wild

" Tennessee: Wendy Williams

" Texas: Violet S'arblue

" Utah: Madazon Can Can

" Vermont: Shani Stoddard

" Virginia: Jessica Jade

" Washington: Luchi

" Washington, D.C.: Vagenesis

" West Virginia: Jade C. Stone

" Wisconsin: Anya Knees

" Wyoming: Temple Ceiling

Additional producing and production support [was] generously contributed by Rachel Dax, Spencer Wolf, Eric Courtney, Sarose Klein, Ericka Janian, Madeline Bouldin, Mary Anne Egan, Dave Klein, Ruby Klein, Jonathan Haglund, and Max Haglund.

"This first-of-its-kind drag roll call features beautifully diverse LGBTQ talent from each and every state, and we hope it especially inspires the millions of LGTBQ voters outside of major cities to use their voices and vote," said GLAAD Chief Communications Officer Rich Ferraro. "The LGBTQ community and our allies in states across the South and heartland will be the deciding votes of this election. If our community and our allies bring our power to the polls, we will see a landslide of equality at a critically important time in our community's, and our nation's, history."

GLAAD's recently released "State of LGBTQ Voters" poll found that LGBTQ voters are highly motivated and prepared to vote. GLAAD's poll, with Pathfinder Opinion Research, found that found that 76% of likely LGBTQ voters favor Biden over Trump, who received 17%.

Exit poll data from the 2018 midterm election estimated that 6% of the electorate was LGBTQ and, of that 6%, 82% supported pro-equality candidates.

An October 2020 GLAAD poll showed that 88% of LGBTQ Americans report being registered to vote and 81% of likely LGBTQ voters are more motivated to vote in 2020 than in recent elections.

According to a GLAAD op-ed, "razor-thin victories in key swing states resulted in Donald Trump becoming president, despite losing the popular vote in 2016. He carried Michigan - with its critical 16 electoral college votes - by a margin of just 10,704 voters. Activating a dormant 15% of the approximately 87,000 LGBTQ voters could have flipped the state. In Pennsylvania, Trump received the state's 20 electoral votes by a margin of just 44,292 votes out of nearly 5.9 million cast. There are approximately 190,557 unregistered and/or nonvoting LGBTQ people there - meaning activating an additional 25% would have changed the outcome. Similar scenarios played out in Florida, Arizona, and North Carolina."

Courtesy of GLAAD

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