Drag is increasingly mainstream, although there are still places you might not want to be caught in your fishiest lacefronts and double-stacked 301s. You’d think a place called Pacolet, South Caroline, would be one of them, yet local drag queen Brandon James discovered just the opposite last Friday night.
James had been on his way home from a viewing party of RuPaul’s Drag Race at Club South 29 when he encountered a Pacolet patrolmen at a standard license checkpoint. He reported on Facebook that at first he felt fear, writing:
“I freaked out because I was in full drag, live in a very small town and, well, the police aren’t always accepting.”
To his done-up delight, however, James then writes:
“I couldn’t have been more wrong! I would like to thank the Pacolet Police Department for being incredibly kind and reassuring me that I am safe in my town and that they support me and are very progressive. I’m proud to call the town of Pacolet my home!”
The Pacolet Police Department replied to James’s post on its own Facebook page, writing:
“No matter your race, sex, income status, or sexual orientation: We serve and protect you. Everyone is welcome in Pacolet… aside from the criminals. They usually don’t enjoy their stay [winking emoji face].”
On its official webpage, the town of Pacolet recently posted:
“Close to everything … far from ordinary’ is more than our community slogan; it is a new attitude. Pacolet’s attitude is best-described in our community covenant, where we promise to take care of each other and preserve nature’s blessings entrusted to us.”
I haying we should all go to Club South 29 in Pacolet tomorrow night to watch episode 2 – It sounds like my kind of place!