In the face of pressing issues like Arizona’s water crisis, the State GOP’s is doubling down on anti-LGBTQ+ bills. Three state bills under consideration target drag performers, including:
- SB1026, banning the state from using public money for performances that feature drag (which would extend to school plays like Rent)
- SB1028, limiting adult cabaret performances and locations where they can be held
- SB1030, a series of regulations on such matters as the hours of operation and facilities that can perform drag shows
A protest is being organized against these bills at the State Capitol January 22nd at 1pm.
In light of this, Secular AZ interviewed one of Arizona's most popular and successful drag performers, Richard Stevens, a.k.a Barbra Seville. (Watch the full video here.)
Stevens made worldwide headlines by exposing the hypocrisy of his former friend, failed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, who campaigned against the art of female impersonation.
In the below interview excerpts, Stevens talks about his experience with the Lake scandal plus his candid views on LGBTQ+ rights, the art of drag, and Arizona’s political situation.
Read more, then join us at the protest Jan 22nd.