Q&A: Xunami Muse on the ACLU Drag Defense Fund

She didn't win the crown on Rupaul's Drag Race, but our NYC girl won the crowd. Now she's chatting with us about the American Civil Liberties Union's Drag Defense Fund for Pride.
  • Lots of drag fans (us included!) feel concerned about the growing number of anti-LGBTQIA+ bills working their way through legislatures across the country. It’s sometimes hard to know what to do. How can people who love drag (IRL and on TV) help turn the tide?
    • Keep showing up to the events, support your favorite drag artists projects. Like, share. The numbers don’t lie. The more people show up to show love and support the harder it is for anyone to try and erase us from the conversation.
  • Tell us about how you got involved with the ACLU Drag Defense Fund.
    • I met Justin and Danielle at the season 16 premiere event. We just hit it off, and once I learned about their work I vowed to be involved however I could.
  • As upsetting as this political moment is for many LGBTQIA+ people, Pride is a time to come together around solutions. What gives you hope this Pride season?
    • What gives me hope is that more people are tuning in to our art form globally. Having come off of one of the most watched seasons of the franchise, it tells me that what we’re doing is not slowing down, it’s continuing to evolve and reach even more house holds in so many different languages and cultures. 1 thing I feel for certain, is that the whole world loves drag, some just don’t know it yet.
  • Who are some of your role models in activism? Note from Justin: Peppermint is our ACLU Artist Ambassador for Trans Justice – can we please mention this? 
    • Peppermint. She has really taken on the responsibility of educations the masses about her journey with her own existence, and I truly admire that. There’s also junior mint, dev doe, Gia Love, and so many more
  • You didn’t win the crown, but you won the crowd. What advice to you have for an aspiring Miss Congeniality?
    • Just live authentically. It’s what worked for me.
  • The Gold Tooth Fairy—where is she now?
    • Girl she’s buried, looking for bones haha.


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