SILVER LAKE — Maebe A. Girl — a genderqueer drag queen with a strong sense of civic duty who is known for impersonating Betsy DeVos and Melania Trump — is possibly the first drag queen elected official in California.
Maebe A. Girl
Maebe A. Girl — who identifies as nonbinary and uses the pronouns she/her and they/them — was elected to the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, a representative of Region 5, and received the most votes, 81, according to the unofficial results from the Los Angeles City Clerk.
A search of public records by Q Voice News showed that Maebe A. Girl could be the first person to run on the ballot and get elected as a drag queen to public office in California and possibly the nation.
Official results will be certified by the City Clerk’s office Tuesday.
Maebe A. Girl is scheduled to be sworn in to her post May 1 for a two-year term.
Excited to be elected
“I am so excited and grateful to have been elected,” she told Q Voice News. “Of the four candidates running in my region, I was excited to receive the highest number of votes.”
Maebe A. Girl ran as part of Silver Lake Progressive, a coalition of first-time candidates that formed after she announced her candidacy in January. The group has a core set of values:
- Being a resource for the community
- Advocating for diversity and inclusion
- Enhancing public spaces
- Supporting small businesses
Silver Lake Progressive
Silver Lake Progressive had 11 candidates on the ballot and all 11 won election, giving them a majority on the 21-member Neighborhood Council.
“We also formed this group because we believed the previous council and its leaders to be ineffective,” Maebe A. Girl said. “The best case scenario happened and all 11 of us were elected to the council, which will give us a real opportunity to enact positive change.”
Maebe A. Girl said the first order of business she wants to do on the council “restore ethics and transparency.”
She wants council members to be kind and respect each other because in the past some members resorted to name calling, she said.
Maebe A. Girl also wants the council to be transparent in how it uses the approximately $25,000 in annual funding it receives from the City of Los Angeles.
Help homeless residents
She also has other issues on her agenda:
- Greater outreach for homeless residents. For example, connecting residents with various resource agencies such as mobile HIV testing vans and continuing the distribution of hygiene kits.
- Install a stop sign or crosswalk near Myra and Del Mar avenues, a dangerous intersection frequently used by pedestrians.
Drag queen mayor?
Does Maebe A. Girl have future political goals? She sure does.
“I plan to spend the next two years working directly for my community and then I plan to run for City Council, and then possibly even Mayor of Los Angeles or Congress if the public sees me fit to run,” Maebe A. Girl said. “While my heart and passion are in LGBT issues, I feel the need to work for all oppressed minorities, including women and immigrants. ”