"We’re Here. We’re Queer. #WeVote.": Drag talent from across America urge LGBTQ people and allies to vote in new roll call video

By GLAAD |
October 21, 2020

The hosts and producers behind the Emmy-nominated HBO docuseries We’re Here today premiered “We’re Here. We’re Queer. #WeVote.”, a roll call video featuring drag talent from all 50 states, as well as D.C., urging LGBTQ people and allies to vote in the upcoming election.

Watch the video below:

Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen, and Eureka O’Hara, hosts and consulting producers of HBO’s We’re Here, star in the video. The video is based on the 2020 virtual roll call from the Democratic National Convention, where a representative from each state cast votes for a candidate from a beautiful location in their home state. “We’re Here. We’re Queer. #WeVote.” aims to reach LGBTQ voters and motivate them to the polls, to let them know their votes matter and that LGBTQ voters are here, everywhere.

“We’re Here. We’re Queer. #WeVote.” premiered on GLAAD’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube pages today.

The video also premiered on social media pages of Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and the other talent featured in the video. The roll call video was created and produced by Stephen Warren, Johnnie Ingram, Erin Haglund and Peter LoGreco, producers of HBO’s ‘We’re Here,’ as well as Intellectual Property Corporation and Trailer Park. ‘We’re Here’ was nominated for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards and was recently renewed for a second season by HBO.

The video points viewers to GLAAD’s Voting Action Center to check registration, request mail-in ballots, and become a digital door knocker to spread the word about what is at stake for LGBTQ people this election.

Bob, Shangela and Eureka also spoke out about the importance of the LGBTQ vote:

Bob the Drag Queen said: "Voting is the cornerstone of democracy and when you are underrepresented in congress this is the best way to make your voice heard."

Shangela said: “It’s imperative that we as an LGBTQIA community stand together and make our voices heard loud and clear during this election. There is a great deal at stake for us and those who love like us, and if we don’t win, the conservative agenda will push back any progress on equality that we’ve achieved in the last decade.”

Eureka: “The importance of LGBTQ people using their voice has always been important but now more than ever! We have to stand together to maintain what growth we have received in our equal rights and especially to keep them moving forward. It’s no longer a suburban family ruled America! We have to prove that! We’re Here and We Vote!”

The “We’re Here. We’re Queer. #WeVote.” roll call video features Bob the Drag Queen, Shangela, Eureka O’Hara as well as drag queens, drag kings, transgender and non-binary talent including:

Alabama: Sam Star
Alaska: Gigi Monroe
Arizona: Tempest Dujour
Arkansas: Inertia the Movement
California: Landon Cider
Colorado: Alice Glamoure
Connecticut: Mia E. Z'lay
Delaware: Magnolia Applebottom
Florida: Queef Latina
Georgia: Celeste Holmes
Hawaii: Sasha Colby
Idaho: Ursula
Illinois: Tenderoni
Indiana: Miss Mossy Stone
Iowa: Domita Sanchez, Vana B
Kansas: Brown Sugar
Kentucky: Uma Jewels
Louisiana: Luna Rei
Maine: Cherry Lemonade
Maryland: Sue Nami
Massachusetts: Laila McQueen
Michigan: Gabriella Stratton Galore
Minnesota: Allota Shots
Mississippi: Lexis D'Ville
Missouri: Crystal Methyd
Montana: JuicyBouviér St. James
Nebraska: Persephone Shakers
Nevada: London Adour, Asia King, Anetra
New Hampshire: Ivy League
New Jersey: Olivia Lux
New Mexico: Lady Shug
New York: Shequida Hall, Brita Filter
North Carolina: Amazing Grace
North Dakota: Kara Fiyera
Ohio: Virginia West
Oklahoma: Londenn D Raine
Oregon: Flawless Shade
Pennsylvania: Vinchelle
Rhode Island: Phaedra Phaded
South Carolina: Patti O Furniture
South Dakota: Maddix Wild
Tennessee: Wendy Williams
Texas: Violet S'arblue
Utah: Madazon Can Can
Vermont: Shani Stoddard
Virginia: Jessica Jade
Washington: Luchi
Washington, D.C.: Vagenesis
West Virginia: Jade C. Stone
Wisconsin: Anya Knees
Wyoming: Temple Ceiling

Additional producing and production support generously contributed by Rachel Dax, Spencer Wolf, Eric Courtney, Sarose Klein, Ericka Janian, Madeline Bouldin, Mary Anne Egan, Dave Klein, Ruby Klein, Jonathan Haglund, and Max Haglund.

“This first-of-its-kind drag roll call features beautifully diverse LGBTQ talent from each and every state and we hope it especially inspires the millions of LGTBQ voters outside of major cities to use their voices and vote,” said GLAAD Chief Communications Officer Rich Ferraro. “The LGBTQ community and our allies in states across the South and heartland will be the deciding votes of this election. If our community and our allies bring our power to the polls, we will see a landslide of equality at a critically important time in our community’s, and our nation’s, history.” 

GLAAD’s recently released ‘State of LGBTQ Voters’ poll found that LGBTQ voters are highly motivated and prepared to vote. GLAAD’s poll, with Pathfinder Opinion Research, found that found that 76% of likely LGBTQ voters favor Biden over Trump, who received 17%. 88% of respondents report being registered to vote and 81% of likely LGBTQ voters are more motivated to vote in 2020 than in recent elections.

Exit poll data from the 2018 midterm election estimated 6% of the electorate was LGBTQ and, of that 6 percent, 82 percent supported pro-equality candidates. An October 2020 GLAAD poll showed 88% of LGBTQ Americans report being registered to vote and 81% of likely LGBTQ voters are more motivated to vote in 2020 than in recent elections. According to a GLAAD op-ed, “razor-thin victories in key swing states resulted in Donald Trump becoming president, despite losing the popular vote in 2016. He carried Michigan — with its critical 16 electoral college votes — by a margin of just 10,704 voters. Activating a dormant 15 percent of the approximately 87,000 LGBTQ voters could have flipped the state. In Pennsylvania, Trump received the state’s 20 electoral votes by a margin of just 44,292 votes out of nearly 5.9 million cast. There are approximately 190,557 unregistered and/or nonvoting LGBTQ people there — meaning, activating an additional 25 percent would have changed the outcome. Similar scenarios played out in Florida, Arizona, and North Carolina.”