Shea Coulee on Pride's Lasting Impression: People Are Celebrating Their Authenticity in 2022

Shea Coulee on Pride's Lasting Impression: People Are Celebrating Their Authenticity in 2022 ...

When it comes to Pride Month, Shea Coulee says she's hoping to remember it well beyond 2020 and the following year's soft-reboot, when she remarked on the past four weeks of Pride Month, the annual remembrance of the Stonewall Uprising (and the celebration of what the LGBTQ+ community has done since) came back in full force in June. "People are just excited to be seen and out in the world," said the RuPauls Drag Race All-Star winner.

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Shea partnered with Smirnoff to organize the Show Up. Show Off! competition. Over the next few months, the competition will take place at a number of brunch-themed events, culminating in an October finale in New York City.

Smirnoff tapped into some drag unconsciousness with this schedule. I am a firm believer in divine timing, and Im so glad we were able to announce this program in June and October because Halloween and Pride are among the most look-specific holidays for drag performers. There are a lot of illusions that are going on during those months.

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Im looking forward to seeing what the contestants for the Show Up. Show Off! competition will bring us throughout the next few months, she adds. We say it many times in the drag community that drag queens are born at Pride or on Halloween.

Smirnoff's commitment to the LBGTQ+ community goes all year round. This is why the brand has been a staple of Pride celebrations and Halloween celebrations (and all bashes in between).)

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She says that when it comes to my cocktails, I prefer something that's really clean and classic. I'd probably pair that with lemonade because I love citrus. Lemonade, I suppose, and perhaps a ginger beer for a bit of spice.

If Im really trying to be like a flavorful drink, I would probably use [Smirnoffs] Peach Lemonade vodka with lemonade, because it's lovely and sweet, but then you can add the acidity of just like a normal lemonade, which just tastes wonderful and refreshing.

Shea says she likes all types of drag and, after talking to a professional, I like both.

Coulee says she enjoys thinking or expecting one thing and then getting something else. I love people who are able to, within their performance and their drag, completely change my view about them. Besides that, Shea loves drag.

I love drag Kings. I love AFAB Queens. You name it. I love alternative drag. I love pageant drag. I love drag. So Im excited and hoping to see so many varied representations of drag in this competition.

Shea responds when asked what it is about drag that draws her, that the art form is only a small finger to the patriarchy, and I love that. I love it.

Sheas mention of the Drag Queen Story Hour, where colorful characters demonstrate the power of reading, has been caught in the metaphorical crossfires of the new culture war and, in the case of Sunday (June 26), literal ones.

Shea about the power of drag, God forbid we bow to your outdated puritanical belief systems. I love the fact that we were delaying the system. Thats my favorite part. The depravity that underlies it.

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