After Trump said this week that transgender service members could no longer serve in the military, LGBTQ set social media ablaze condemning the President’s move. Activists throughout Florida raged, some blaming Trump voters in the trans community like Caitlyn Jenner and Miami drag queen Elaine Lancaster Davis.
Wire magazine publisher Rafa Carvajal posted on Facebook, angry about Lancaster’s longtime vocal support of Trump,
“And this is the president Elaine Lanfraudster so vocally supports and constantly defends on Twitter. Shameful!”
Lancaster, aka James Davis was on a CNN panel saying he had been “blackballed” for openly supporting Trump. Davis also told the Miami Herald,
“I come from a community that touts that we are so inclusive, we are so embracing of what’s different, all we ask for is tolerance and equality. I make a living as a female impersonator in the state of Florida. I have hosted all the major events — White Party for 19 years.
When I came out as a supporter of Trump, I was blackballed instantly. They got online campaigns. I was thrown off the [White Party] committee. I couldn’t be the emcee anymore. I got death threats. I have lawsuits pending against people. Oh, it’s horrible.
I really don’t know what to say. I have to process it. I think he should expand freedoms and equality instead of restricting them. If transgender people want to serve in the military, they should be allowed to.
I feel for people who are transgender and currently serving who may be asked to vacate their posts. But I would hope they would be given honorable discharges.”
Dale Wilson, aka, Power Infiniti said,
“It’s very clear to anyone who God gave the brain of a billy goat to that [Trump] doesn’t give a shit about us. But yet they, the ‘Roaches for Raid,’ will go and march and stand up for this man who won’t be bothered by them. That just irks me.
Elaine wants to go and cry and paint herself as a victim when the entire SAGA [Sexuality And Gender Acceptance] community is suffering, little by little, by this president and his administration. Yet we should be concerned for her. She is not the only gay person who supported Trump. But she has made such an effort to paint herself as the token idiot for the village idiot. Of course, things come back to her because she’s the loudest mouth.”
Davis said that the animosity has been building long before Wednesday’s announcement,
“The community members should have rallied around and said, ‘What can we do to calm this down?’ Instead, they stayed out of the way and allowed this to fester and boil over.
I don’t have anybody who’s hiring me right now.”
Lancaster was on the Real Housewives of Miami and has been photographed at Mar-a-Lago and with first lady Melania Trump on the set of Celebrity Apprentice. She says the hate is not directed at him simply because he likes the president,
“It’s not just because I support Trump, because many others do, too. It’s because they don’t like Elaine Lancaster. They’re jealous of her because of her success and perhaps she thinks a little too highly of herself.”
Even friends of hers, like Jon Welsh, a Care Resource employee who has worked with Davis at the White Party says Davis is a bit much,
“She could do a lot more to be nicer to people, too. She’s no Princess Diana, honey… she might be a lot of things, but her work ethic — I admire that. Just suck it up. Just show up. And you’re smiling and you’re there to the very end. I don’t agree with all she says politically, but I admire her personally.”
Lancaster has doubled down on his support for Trump and says the controversy shows a growing intolerance,
“Now, they say, ‘Oh, we can’t have Elaine, she’s too controversial. And I know that from my phone not ringing. Have I been called for one thing for Swim Week? No. Art Basel? I can’t announce anything on social media that’s coming up because they’ll call and get me fired. That’s not America. The oppressed is now the oppressor.”
But Carvajal says he doesn’t feel sorry for Davis,
“It is not fair to discriminate against someone. But it is fair to choose who you support or don’t support based on their views. And you cannot have it both ways. You cannot for years claim to be an LGBTQ leader and then openly and vocally support someone who wants to take away the rights of the LGBTQ community.”
What he said. If you ask me, someone is a LOT like the person they support; they crave publicity, positive or negative. Of course you are free to support Trump, but don’t expect an easy time from an LGBTQ community that’s under attack from his administration.
— Elaine Lancaster (@elainelancaster) July 17, 2017
(Photos, Elaine Lancaster; via Miami Herald)