Several so-called “drag queens” in the United Kingdom are organizing a protest to coincide with President Trump’s visit to the country in July as they believe he hasn’t lived up to his campaign promise to be “gay friendly.”
“Calling all drag kings, queens, queers and our allies to march against President Donald Trump’s UK visit,” a description reads on the protest Facebook page. “Due to the appalling way the Trump administration has regarded the rights and welfare of LGBTQI communities of the US, the idea of a Trump visit to the UK is unacceptable.”
The event is organized by several local drag queens, or men who dress as women for entertainment purposes, including Cheddar Gorgeous, Violet Blonde, Licorice Black and Jonny Banks.
UK news site The Guardian recently published an article written by “Cheddar Gorgeous” to outline why he is calling for a protest. Among his reasons include the Trump administration’s reinstatement of the ban on “transgenders” in the military, to supporting the Masterpiece Cakeshop in its case before the U.S. Supreme Court, to deciding not to recognize last June as Pride Month.
“This [protest] is to increase awareness of the way Trump’s administration has systematically attacked the LGBTQI community and to stand in solidarity with the many other groups who feel marginalized along lines of race, class and gender. To not object to the visit would seem like a betrayal of the tolerant society that the UK as a whole strives to be,” Cheddar wrote.
He said that those in drag have long been involved in political issues, from the 1960’s Stonewall riot to fundraising for HIV charities.
“By pushing the way that we look to the extremes, we are showing that we are not ashamed to be different—we are proud of our differentness,” Cheddar said. “Most important of all, we are showing that the UK is a place that is not ashamed to celebrate the diversity of its people. If we can be accepted as the extreme glittery spectacles that we are, then it just might make it easier for everyone else to be themselves, too.”
Over 1,000 people have stated on the event page that they plan to attend the drag queen protest.
As previously reported, during his RNC acceptance speech in July 2016, Trump told those gathered that he would work to protect homosexuals if elected.
“As president, I will do everything in my power to protect LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology,” he declared, being met with applause.
“And, I have to say, as a Republican, it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said,” he said in response.
Trump had also declared at a fundraiser in June of that same year that he is the best candidate for the “gay community.”
“So you tell me, who’s better for the gay community, and who’s better for women than Donald Trump? Believe me!” he said.
The Trump campaign website had additionally made “LGBTQ for Trump” t-shirts and pins available for purchase.
“Show your pride and your support for Trump with this exclusive equality tee,” the store page for the t-shirt, available as the “Trump pride men’s tee,” read.
In January, he signed a letter congratulating the homosexual group Log Cabin Republicans for its 40th year, and on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence swore in Rick Grenell, an open homosexual, to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Germany.
Proverbs 14:34 states, “Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”
The late preacher A.W. Tozer also once said, “There is no Christian victory or blessing if we refuse to turn away from the things that God hates. Even if it is accepted in the whole social class of which you are a part, turn away from it. Even if there is something that has come to be accepted by our generation, turn away from it if it is wrong and an offense to our holy and righteous Savior.”