NYC Council members push bill to create ‘drag laureate' program

People participate in an event called the Drag March on June 25, 2021 in New York City. The Drag March, in its 27th year, is an annual event that traditionally kicks off Pride weekend in New York City. The annual parade sees hundreds of people dressed in Drag who march from Tompkins Square Park to Stonewall Inn.
Drag Queen FiFi DuBois joins the 2016 LGBT Pride March on June 26, 2016 in New York City. Photo credit Rob Kim/Getty Images for Housing Works

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Three City Council members have introduced legislation to create a “drag laureate” of New York.

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The bill would require the city’s Commissioner of Cultural Affairs and Director of the Office of Nightlife to appoint a new drag laureate annually in a measure to promote LGBTQ+ culture, with the laureate acting as an ambassador for the scene.

“The drag laureate would serve to champion and highlight the contributions of the drag community in New York City’s business, arts and cultural spaces,” Queens Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer told the New York Post.

Van Bramer introduced the legislation back in January with co-sponsors from Councilmen Carlos Menchaca and Ben Kallos and received its first hearing on Tuesday.

The fate of the bill is unclear — all three councilmen will be termed out of the legislative body at the end of this year.

People participate in an event called the Drag March on June 25, 2021 in New York City. The Drag March, in its 27th year, is an annual event that traditionally kicks off Pride weekend in New York City. The annual parade sees hundreds of people dressed in Drag who march from Tompkins Square Park to Stonewall Inn.
People participate in an event called the Drag March on June 25, 2021 in New York City. The Drag March, in its 27th year, is an annual event that traditionally kicks off Pride weekend in New York City. The annual parade sees hundreds of people dressed in Drag who march from Tompkins Square Park to Stonewall Inn. Photo credit Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)