PRIDE

“Through the decades, in the face of hatred, activists raised their voices and spilled their blood so that you could live with pride.”

-RuPaul Charles

The riots at The Stonewall Inn in New York City in 1969 marked an act of rebellion by members of the LGBTQ community. 50 years later, eight legendary queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race gather at Stonewall to celebrate the ancestry of their LGBTQ family with a photoshoot by photographer Marco Ovando. Each queen represents a color of the original pride flag, created in San Francisco in 1978 by queer artist Gilbert Baker. The colors of the original flag all symbolize something integral to the community— sex, life, healing, sunlight, nature, magic/art, serenity, and spirit.

It’s kind of always been my intent to be like ‘Fuck that. I want to be me and be very, very queer and very loud about it.’”

Detox

Seasons on Drag Race: RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5, All Stars Season 2

Pride Color: Hot Pink

Pride Anthem: “Dive In The Pool (Let’s Get Soaking Wet)” by Barry Harris

Detox

Drag Race is taking what we used to do in the shadows, what we used to do in tiny cabaret spaces at two o’clock in the morning, and it’s on primetime television.”

Bob the Drag Queen

Season on Drag Race: RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8

Pride Color: Red

Pride Anthem: “Pride (A Deeper Love)” by Aretha Franklin

Bob

We are all proud of who we are and we’re really putting it out there for everyone to see.”

Tatianna

Seasons on Drag Race: RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2, All Stars Season 2

Pride Color: Orange

Pride Anthem: “Cut to the Feeling” by Carly Rae Jepson

Tatianna

In our community, as in any other community, I feel like [we] just need hope and sunlight and sunshine. What does sunshine do but create life?”

Jujubee

Seasons on Drag Race: RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2, All Stars Season 1

Pride Color: Yellow

Pride Anthem: “Unspeakable Joy” by Kim English

Jujubee

I felt the need to start doing drag because it was just empowerment. I needed to be a voice for these feelings, this pride, being queer, being Latin, and being saucy.”

April CarriÓn

Season on Drag Race: RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6

Pride Color: Green

Pride Anthem: “Espiritu Libre” by Ednita Nazario

April

Art, like drag, [is] the power to transform yourself or to create a version of the world that’s beyond what you can see or maybe what you have seen before, is so powerful.”

Sasha Velour

Season on Drag Race: RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9

Pride Color: Turquoise

Pride Anthem: “This Is My Life” by Dame Shirley Bassey

Sasha

Queer people have always existed in every space, but we’re in control of those spaces that we are occupying now.”

Peppermint

Season on Drag Race: RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9

Pride Color: Indigo

Pride Anthem: “Pride” by C&C Music Factory

Peppermint

I’m always moving through a progression of eras. Just like all the greats do! Madonna, Cher… You just move through it and hope that each time is better than the next.”

Milk

Seasons on Drag Race: RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6, All Stars Season 3

Pride Color: Violet

Pride Anthem: “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

Milk

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