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The Advocate's CEO Reflects on International Drag Day

The Advocate's CEO Reflects on International Drag Day

Drag queens from RuPaul's Drag Race Live!
Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for RuPaul's Drag Race Live!

"Drag is much more than just performance," writes Mark Berryhill.

As we mark this year's International Drag Day, I am humbled to reflect on the incredible journey of this distinctive art form and the brave individuals who've made it the vibrant community it is today.

Drag is much more than just performance. It's a courageous expression of self, a dynamic reflection of culture, and a powerful tool for social commentary. It's a celebration of the intricate shades of human identity, a celebration of self and being unapologetically so. We at equalpride believe that this, like all art forms, deserves respect, celebration, and encouragement.

However, we have witnessed a worrying increase in anti-drag and anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and legislation. These are not just attacks on the community but on the very ideas of self-expression, diversity, and personal freedom. We firmly oppose such discriminatory rhetoric and legislation. They only strengthen our resolve to amplify and uplift the voices of those often marginalized.

Equalpride understands the power and necessity of storytelling. Through our work, we strive to provide a platform for those stories that need to be told, especially the ones that showcase the resilience, creativity, and spirit of diverse communities. We believe in the magic that happens when we unite to create a culture and country of equality for all.

Our commitment is unwavering. We will continue to champion a world where every voice is heard, every individual is respected, and every expression of self is celebrated. We look forward to standing alongside you, amplifying your voices, and making strides toward a more inclusive and equitable society.

From the equalpride family of brands to your neighborhood drag stages, shows and story hours, wishing you all a happy International Drag Day!

Warm regards,

Mark Berryhill
CEO, equalpride

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