Celebrating the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 is interesting no matter where you are doing said celebrating. But if you’re doing it in New York, it’s even more peculiar.
Yesterday evening was my first new year’s eve party in New York (and in the US, for that matter), my first drag show (for new year’s eve or not) and my first event of any kind since Elizabeth Warren announced that she’s running (it’s changing the game, people).
All that made for a very unique experience yesterday. The show’s host — and performer, Sasha Velour (of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame, for those who follow American entertainment, and others who should) came onstage in a remarkably sophisticated outfit (as she apparently always does) that I could most likely never pull off (or, rather, certainly never pull off). In front of a vibrant audience at National Sawdust, a hip Brooklyn venue (where else?), she started introducing the show by stating the facts: that the current administration is a disaster, that climate change is threatening our way of life and that we’re all very much on the brink.
But… that avoiding catastrophe is a unique human trait, the same way avoiding a fashion faux pas, pulling off a last minute costume change and/or succeeding in never falling down in heels is achievable for all drag queens out there (at least, for the best of them).
Turns out all of it is true: that the show we saw was incredibly cool, striking and visually appealing (and I wear jeans everyday) and that “THE” situation and accompanying risk of catastrophe can be avoided. And hopefully will be, too: Mrs Warren is a candidate (whether or not she announced too early is another question), Trump won’t live forever, there are scientists out there actually working on fixing the effects of climate change (whether any administration has anything to say about it or not), and there are clear signs of progress out there, from the fact that liberals are now enjoying an audience rarely seen before in the US, to the fact that LGBTQ rights are slowly improving all over the world, to the fact that technology is allowing more people to gain more access to more information, thus tearing down the walls of ignorance and fear…
As the song goes: if you can make it in a drag show, you can make it anywhere… Happy new year everyone!