In the face of increasing anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and a surge in anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, drag queens have become a focal point in the ongoing culture war surrounding the LGBTQ+ community’s place in society. Conservative politicians and pundits have resorted to a familiar and homophobic tactic, accusing LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies, including drag queens, of being groomers who pose a sexual threat to children. Trixie Mattel, a beloved figure in the world of drag and the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season three, has emerged as a staunch critic of this malicious narrative.
Taking her advocacy beyond the stage, Trixie Mattel recently addressed the issue on an episode of The Leah McSweeney Show. The conversation touched on topics such as Drag Story Hour, parental autonomy, and the suppression of queer performers’ freedom. Leah McSweeney, former star of The Real Housewives of New York City, expressed her confusion regarding the fear surrounding drag queens, prompting Mattel to delve into the subject of the grooming narrative.
Mattel emphasized the diversity of drag performances, acknowledging that while some are suitable for all ages, others are not. However, she highlighted the fact that all drag queens are unjustly targeted by the same harmful accusations. Refuting the notion that drag queens have any interest in influencing children’s sexuality, Mattel asserted that their primary goal is to provide positivity and affirming representation.
“We don’t think about your kids,” Mattel asserted. “We don’t hope they’re gay. We don’t hope they turn out trans. We don’t hope they become drag queens. What we hope is that, if they are trans or are gay, they find a community faster than many of us did.”
By confronting the homophobic grooming narrative head-on, Trixie Mattel stands as a vocal advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and drag queens, reminding society of the importance of acceptance and support for all individuals, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.