Hollywood, CA (Entertainment Tonight) — Drag queens are using Pride month to push for intersectionality in the LGBTQ+ community.
Shea Couleé and more 'Drag Race All Stars' on the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Pride Month came about because we were protesting police brutality,” explains RuPaul's Drag Race queen Shea Couleé. The Stonewall Riots of June 1969 saw the LGBTQ community in New York City rise against constant police raids on gay bars, a series of demonstrations that would spark the start of the gay rights movement and inspire the first-ever official Pride parade.
“When we think about the community leaders back in 1969, the people that were really out there out there organizing on behalf of the people were trans women of color like Marsha P. Johnson,” Shea says. “It's important to acknowledge [that] it was black and brown trans people who were really championing for us to have the ability to march in the streets, hand in hand, celebrating our love.”