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Maebe A. Girl could be first drag queen elected to Congress

Maebe A Girl Drag Queen Congress

Drag queen Maebe A Girl canvasses in West Hollywood for signatures to be qualified for the ballot in the 28th Congressional District race. On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Clerk verified that she gathered enough signatures to appear on the March 3 ballot. Maebe A Girl, who made history as the first drag queen elected to public office in the United States, could make history as the first drag queen elected to Congress. Photo: Courtesy of Maebe A Girl.

Maebe A. Girl is one step closer to making history as the first drag queen elected to Congress.

Maebe A. Girl — who identifies as nonbinary and uses the pronouns she/her and they/them made history in April when she was elected to the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council.

Maebe A. Girl

According to a search of public records, Maebe A. Girl is the first drag queen elected to public office in the United States.

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She appeared on the ballot as Maebe A. Girl and conducts council business as her drag persona.

Drag queen for Congress

In late June, the drag queen announced that she would enter the race and challenge Rep. Adam Schiff, who is in his 10th term, for the 28th Congressional District seat. The district stretches from West Hollywood to the eastern border of Pasadena and from Echo Park to the Angeles National Forest.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Clerk’s Office verified that Maebe A Girl had gathered enough signatures to appear on the ballot for the March 3 election.

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Maebe A Girl Congress

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Challenging Adam Schiff

She has said she is running against Schiff because “he’s a conservative Democrat and I’m a progressive Democrat.”

Also, Maebe A. Girl shared an article from Truthdig on her Instagram page. In the article, international affairs scholar Stephen Zunes said that Schiff’s record on foreign policy, civil liberties, and human rights has often put him “more in line with Republicans than with liberal Democrats.”

Public servant work

Maebe A. Girl still needs to file her nomination form and pay the filing fee before her name will appear on the ballot.

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She was inspired to run for Congress while she campaigned for the neighborhood council seat, she previously told Q Voice News.

 “I’ve been inspired by all the people I’ve spoken to who want to see real change and actual representation in government,” she said. “I want to do as much as possible for both my local community and the nation at large.”

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About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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