The continued attack on the Black community and specifically Black trans lives still persists and has expanded to peoples of all races despite the efforts of so many. Again the drag community of Chicago must use their heels to step out and step up against this oppression.
“You have the right to show your color, darling!”
Join Drag Queens, Kings, and everyone in between as they lead a peaceful protest march in support of Black Lives Matter and demand justice for victims of police brutality and excessive force through the Boystown community in Lakeview Chicago with gathering beginning at 12:30 pm at Belmont and Halsted with the march beginning at 1:00 pm and ending at Halsted and Grace where drag community leaders will speak on the issues of today, the mission at hand, and ways to create and promote lasting impactful change for a better future for all. #AllBlackLivesMatter
-This is a peaceful protest
-You do not need to be in Drag to attend (allies are welcome)
-PPE (Masks) are very much encouraged
-If you would like to help please reach please fill out this
The demands of our last action were not met in full so we restate and escalate them and keep the feet of our oppressors to the fire:
-Justice* for Tony McDade
-Justice* for Breonna Taylor
-Justice* for George Floyd
-That the Chicago City Council defund CPD by 75% and reinvest those funds into social services and community programs
-That police be banned from marching in Pride festivities indefinitely
-Immediate release of all protesters from previous BLM actions
*Justice being the abolishment of the system that took these lives and that restorative systems grow in their stead.
Dida Ritz: The Legs of Halsted and of RBDR fame
The Vixen: Activist and of RBDR fame
LaSaia Wade Wade: Founder and Executive Director of Brave Space
AllianceLucy Stoole: Chicago Black Drag Council Head Co-chair Member of the Molasses Collective the Chicago Reader’s Drag Queen of Year
Lynzo The Heartthrob // Chicaghoes For Sex Work: Activist and Community Organizer
Cae Monae: Member of the Molasses Collective and Performance Artist
Prince Nikki: Chicago Black Drag Council Cofounder and Brave Space
Alliance Mutual Aid Coordinator
Irregular Gurl: Television Personality, Producer and Host
Aunty Chan: Activist and Internet Personality Abhijeet: Activist and Performance Artist Celebration
KC Ortiz: Chicago based Acclaimed Rap Artist
O’laysia: National Entertainer
Rachel Slurrz: Drag ArtistList of Endorsers coming soon.
For this to be successful, it is very important that everyone stay on message, peaceful, and deescalate any situation.
Also please wear your face masks (if you produce them please bring some for others), and please bring hand sanitizer.