Florida Democrats Launch “Drag Yourself to the Polls” Initiative to Encourage LGBTQ+ and Youth Voting
On Tuesday, The Florida Democratic Party announced that they are launching a “Drag Yourself to the Polls” Initiative with videos from drag queens to encourage Floridians to vote early, vote-by-mail, and vote for Democrats all the way down the ballot.
The drag queens included are Brita Filter, LaGanja Estranja, and Willam Belli; all of whom are well known drag queens with significant followings. The videos will be released on the Florida Democratic Party’s social media platforms throughout the next 2 weeks leading up to the election. These platforms include the Florida Democratic Party’s TikTok and Snapchat accounts which are aimed at younger voters.
“Everyone loves a queen, and Florida Democrats are no different! The LGBTQ+ community is loud and proud in our support of Joe Biden and Democrats — because our rights are on the ballot. Our right to love, to marry, to work and to serve are all at risk in this election. And while this election has very real and very frightening consequences for our community, we are responding with humor and grace and grit,” said FDP Executive Director Juan Peñalosa. “The Florida Democratic Party’s campaign headlined by Brita, LaGanja and Willam is evidence of the strength and resolve in our community and America is better because of it. Now, go vote.”
Stephen Gaskill, Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus President added,“Drag Queens are exciting and energizing to the LGBTQ+ community and younger voters, two groups that are key parts of the Democratic coalition. The Drag Yourself to the Polls initiative is just one more way that the LGBTQ+ Caucus and the Florida Democratic Party are working to meet voters where they are and encouraging people to vote in one of the most important elections of our lifetimes.”
TRANSCRIPT FOR ‘Drag Yourself to the Polls’ video
Brita: Why It’s Important to Vote
Hello there Florida Democrats! It’s you girl Brita Filter and today I’m here to tell you about why it is so important to vote in your upcoming November election.
Now we have people in power who are trying to take away our rights and freedoms. Voting for people you want to see in office who can help you, your family, your friends have a better life.
Also, voting for your local officials can help make an even closer impact on the things that matter the most to you and your community.
Oh, you again.
You know voting is a delicious privilege, why not get your piece of the cake if you can choose what’s in it. You know, some people don’t get to choose what’s inside their cake. Use your voice. Do what matters. I want you to vote. Imma vote so you Brita vote. This is good cake. I voted what was gunna be inside that cake and that was delicious. Mmm.
A selection of the additional videos:
- Brita: You Have the Power to Make Change
- Willam: Get 45 Out of Office
- LaGanja: Let’s Get Voting Democrats
See Also: The Advocate: How Drag Queens are Helping Democrats Turn Florida Blue
FDP Statement on Ivanka Trump’s Rally in Fort Myers
In response to Ivanka Trump’s rally in Fort Myers today, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement:
“More empty promises peddled by the Trump family isn’t going to change the fact that Donald Trump still doesn’t have a plan to beat back this pandemic and rebuild our economy. As Donald Trump botched our federal response to the coronavirus pandemic, areas like Fort Myers, with a large senior population and reliance on tourism have paid the price. More than 220,000 Americans have died, yet Trump continues to ignore the science, attack Dr. Fauci, and pretend like the pandemic is over — even as thousands more get infected every single day. Floridians need a leader like Joe Biden who doesn’t shrink away from big problems, but tackles them head on. Enough with the lies and chaos, make a plan to vote at iwillvote.com to cast your ballot by November 3rd.”
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