LOS ANGELES — A drag queen from California who identifies as “genderfluid” has announced his run for U.S. Congress and is vying in his drag persona for the congressional seat of Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff.
“It really took a minute for people to take me seriously, to realize that I’m not doing this as a stunt, I’m not doing this as a statement,” the candidate, who goes by his stage name Maebe A. Girl, told PEOPLE. “I’m doing this to run an election and win it.”
Maebe already was elected in April to serve on the local Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, and is responsible the formation of the Silver Lake LGBTQIA Advocates Committee.
He uses his drag name in office and says that he decided to likewise run for Washington in drag because “I have a more powerful voice when I’m in drag” as “[p]eople can’t ignore you.”
While most drag performers still identify as male when out of their costumes and makeup, the Los Angeles-area performer, who is known for his impersonations/mockeries of Melania Trump, Betsy DeVos and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, identifies as genderfluid. Maebe prefers the pronouns “she” or “they.”
“Whenever I’m in full drag, it doesn’t feel like a costume, it just feels like an extension of me,” he told Los Angeles Magazine.
According to Maebe’s website, the Democratic candidate’s platform includes “LGBTQIA rights,” women’s rights, immigration rights, homelessness and poverty, gun reform and healthcare.
“I will implore our representatives to consider the unconstitutionality of restricting a woman’s right to an abortion,” his site also reads. “While I fully support religious freedom, I do not support religious representatives in government who vote on behalf of their religion instead of their entire constituency.”
“Religious convictions are often the great motivators in these situations, and we need to remain cautious about the interaction between Church and State — especially while considering most religions are patriarchal,” it states.
Maebe says that he does not oppose Adam Schiff, who has served in Congress for 10 terms, but just feels that he could be a better representative of the common people.
“I want to run against Adam Schiff because I believe the people in [California’s 28th District] deserve a representative that can relate to their struggles and who knows what it’s like to experience systemic oppression,” he told Q Voice News. “Too many of our representatives are wealthy, middle-aged white men, and that doesn’t accurately represent our diverse population.”
Proverbs 14:34 reads, “Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”
Proverbs 29:2 says, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”