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Sasha Velour: "Know your herstory!"

Posted Wednesday, 2 August 2017   |   1334 views   |   Men's Interest   |   Comments (0) In all of Drag Race herstory, there’s perhaps no one who has brought ‘Uniqueness’ as part of their Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent like Sasha Velour.

While fearless and innovative, Sasha Velour also has a keen awareness of history. It was only when she was researching the Stonewall Riots that she took up drag: a response to the realisation that drag kings and queens were at the forefront of the movement.

“Not only did trans women, drag queens and kings start the fight against the police but they were the ones who led the transformation of that event into the beginnings of Pride and really led organised activism to ask for legal rights and representation.”

This realisation that drag artists have been present throughout so many pivotal moments in queer history only strengthened her passion for the art form.

With the help of her new platform, Sasha hopes to spread these untold stories to new, younger ears - lest they be forgotten entirely.

“The danger in forgetting or not even learning the history that’s around the art of drag is that we lose the thing that makes it most powerful: the ability to enact real change.”

You can read our full interview with Sasha in our latest issue, and binge to your heart’s content on Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race on Netflix.

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