San Francisco names nation's first ever 'drag laureate' with $55,000 stipend

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“Whether it’s through a tragedy or to celebrate an occasion, she really has been a leader in this community and supporter of so many others,” Breed told the outlet.

“I know that there are a lot of anti-drag folks out there, and they are very loud, right? But I also don’t want to live my life under the shadow of fear. I don’t want to have intimidation stop me from growing,” he said.

“So, yes, I am a little nervous. But I got a lot of fabulous people and fabulousness behind me.”

Drag Story Hour, which began as a nonprofit in San Francisco in 2015, has sparked nationwide controversy over the plethora of instances where men dressed as women, otherwise known as “drag”, have used these events to give sexual performances to children.

Executive director of Drag Story Hour, Jonathan Hamlit, told Associated Press that he hopes more city’s will adopt drag laureate programs.

“It’s just having that visibility and having that personal human connection — having that social story of someone from your community that looks like you or someone that you see or interact with on a regular basis,” Hamlit said.

California state senator Scott Weiner was thrilled about Drollinger’s new position and took to Twitter to congratulate both the drag queen and Mayor Breed.

“So excited about SF’s first Drag Laureate, D’Arcy Drollinger. And my nails even match her dress! D’Arcy is an icon & helped create Oasis, a nightclub that gives queer performers a chance to shine. Thank you D’Arcy & also @LondonBreed for creating this inspiring new role for SF,” senator Weiner wrote.

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