San Francisco Mayor London Breed has named the city's first "Drag Laureate," a paid position to promote the city's "queer culture and community," according to Inside Edition.
The mayor declared the official job description as being "fabulous all the time," which reportedly comes with a $55,000 stipend for the 18-month position. The appointment was made as a joint initiative of the mayor’s office, the San Francisco Public Library, and the Human Rights Commission, according to Breitbart. The stipend was originally reported in 2022 to be worth $35,000.
Drag queen "D'Arcy Drollinger" is the city's first recipient of the prized position and is the owner of a San Francisco nightclub called Oasis. The venue describes itself as an "internationally acclaimed drag show nightclub / cabaret," and is an 8,000 square-foot "converted gay bathhouse."
“I am honored and thrilled to have been chosen as San Francisco’s Drag Laureate," said Drollinger. "I am proud to live in a city that is pioneering this position while other parts of the U.S. and the world might not be supportive of drag,” he added.
“While drag culture is under attack in other parts of the country, in San Francisco we embrace and elevate the amazing drag performers who through their art and advocacy have contributed to our city’s history around civil rights and equity,” said Mayor Breed at a press conference.
\u201cSo excited about SF\u2019s first Drag Laureate, D\u2019Arcy Drollinger. And my nails even match her dress!\n\nD\u2019Arcy is an icon & helped create Oasis, a nightclub that gives queer performers a chance to shine.\n\nThank you D\u2019Arcy & also @LondonBreed for creating this inspiring new role for SF.\u201d— Senator Scott Wiener (@Senator Scott Wiener) 1684451782
Other than being "fabulous," the mayor's office reportedly clarified the position's responsibilities, which include producing “drag-centered events and programming centered on celebrating and supporting San Francisco’s dynamic and diverse LGBTQ+ community” and ensuring “San Francisco’s rich drag history is shared, honored, and preserved .”
Drollinger boasted about his accomplishments when asked in a recent interview, saying that he has opened a "nonprofit queer arts organization," a film studio, and more.
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