At this point, you’ve probably heard about North Carolina’s so-called “Bathroom Bill” which bars transgender people from bathrooms and locker rooms that do not match the gender on their birth certificate. The queens currently traveling on the RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons Tour took on the discriminatory bill last night at their stop in North Carolina and made a powerful statement by posting the above photo taken next to a set of gender-neutral bathrooms on the official BOTS Instagram account.
The caption declared their solidarity with transgender people in North Carolina: “To the transgender and gender diverse people in our audience and of North Carolina, we love you, we are you, we support you and we stand with you.”
Read the full statement below.
Amidst the controversy in #northcarolina we are excited to be performing in #Charlotte and #Durham as a visible celebration of the #LGBTQ+ community and beyond. Our shows are a safe space where #transgender people and people of all genders, sexualities, ages and races can feel free to be themselves, be celebrated, and use the #bathroom of their #gender. As a statement we will have a #genderneutral bathroom for the evening! It’s important to us to do these shows and be visible, raise awareness and contribute to the amazing efforts of @equalitync @wearehrc and the local community, in making sure North Carolina gets back on the right side of history. We offer our support and voices to the transgender community of North Carolina, we know you are equal and we will not settle for anything less than the state recognising and mandating this. To the transgender and gender diverse people in our audience and of North Carolina, we love you, we are you, we support you and we stand with you. The last few years have seen amazing visibility for transgender people, and now it’s time to turn that visibility into rights.
With much love and support,
Courtney Act, Violet Chachki, Adore Delano, Miss Fame, Phi Phi O’Hara, Sharon Needles, Pearl, Alaska 5000, and Michelle Visage
Don’t forget, the BOTS tour is currently moving its way through the east coast and will soon be heading to Australia and Singapore. Check the dates and get ticket info here.