Elizabeth Warren Speaks on LGBTQ+ Rights with Presence at RuPaul's Drag Con

by Sam Cronin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday September 13, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum  (Source:Sioux City Journal via Associated Press)

Senator Elizabeth Warren made waves by being the only 2020 candidate to have a virtual presence at RuPaul's Drag Con in New York City. Her campaign hosted a booth and played a tailored video she had recorded for the convention.

The event, which labels itself as the "first convention celebrating drag, queer culture, & self-expression," according to its Twitter bio, took place September 6, 7, and 8th at New York's Playstation Theater.

Warren's virtual presence was appreciated by many attendees who noticed and posted about her booth. Shea Couleé, a drag queen who appeared on "RuPaul's Drag Race," told NBC that she spoke at Warren's DragCon booth because she "wanted to use my platform in a space where I knew that I could get a lot of attention for her, to bring some awareness to her campaign."

"We had so many conversations with so many young people and voters, and I think it's important that we get these young voters fired up and excited about the next presidential election," Couleé added.

"The folks at DragCon extended an invitation to all of the Democratic candidates to come to DragCon, and she is the only one that accepted the invitation," Couleé told NBC News. "She's shown herself to be a great ally."

In the video, Warren emphasized the importance of voter registration in making people's voices heard, stressed the distressing number of trans deaths in America, and vowed to fight for LGBTQ+ equality.

"I'm in this fight for an America that works for everyone, not just for a thinner and thinner slice at the top. I'm in this fight for LGBTQ+ equality," Warren said in the video. "A record number of trans Americans were killed last year, disproportionately trans women of color. We need to call it out, and we need to fight back."

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