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Huge "protest in drag" to greet Trump during UK visit

UK Drag protest for Trump visit draws nearly 1,000 attendees so far.
Photo credit:
Cheddar Gorgeous - Facebook

European drag queens are uniting to protest President Donald Trump when he visits abroad in July. Drag performer Cheddar Gorgeous wants all people in the LGBT spectrum and their allies to join in a collective effort to give him a special reception.

“Due to the appalling way the Trump administration has regarded the rights and welfare of the LGBTQI communities in the U.S., the idea of a Trump visit to the U.K. is unacceptable,” the Facebook event invitation states. "Let's get visible, stand with our sister's, brothers and others in America, and show that we are a country that celebrates diversity."

Cheddar wrote a call-to-action in a special column for The Guardian published on Monday. She will be joined by her sisters Violet Blonde, Liquorice Black, Anna Phylactic and Jonny Banks for the protest reports LGBTQ Nation. "I am helping to coordinate a group who will stage a protest in drag," she wrote. 

Furthering her media reach, Cheddar gave an interview to Gay Star News saying visibility is important and drag exemplifies diversity in a very visual way.  

"What drag does in a very extravagant way is really show our differences," she said. "In a hope to make everyone’s lives a little bit easier. Anyone who feels different to the mainstream … anyone who feels what’s different about them is not recognised or seen."

Trump is scheduled to visit the UK on July 13, and Cheddar is adamant about showing support to her American allies especially when she thinks her own country won't. 

"We are eager to join with the many other protests that will take place when Trump arrives in the UK," Cheddar said. "It is important that we stand with others who feel similarly outraged at the way the UK government is failing to stand up to Trump. It is about more than just one group’s interests and needs, and it is vital to stand in solidarity with all marginalised groups who are affected by Trump’s administration and the rhetoric of intolerance that fuels it."

The protest is scheduled to take place on July 13: "All ages, races, genders and orientations welcome!"

There are no details about where the event will take place, but nearly 1,000 people have already signed up to attend.