Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez publicly sends support to Drag Race queen Nina West

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New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has Tweeted out support for Drag Race queen Nina West.

West, a Season 11 queen, was sent home on last week’s episode of the show, making her come in at 6th place.

‘In our house, we name a Queen of Hearts,’ Ocasio-Cortez wrote on 11 May. ‘Nina West that is YOU!’

‘Thank you for being a relentless example of kindness, consciousness, compassion, and courage.’

‘Thank you for using your gifts to focus on voices and issues that deserve all the shine and elevation in the world.’

Nina’s essay

Under the Tweet, Ocasio-Cortez shared an article West wrote for OUT Magazine. In the article, West describes how she raised over $2.5 million [€2,225,087.50] for her community in Ohio.

West discusses her upbringing in a conservative household that was very much involved in Republican politics. This environment deeply impacted West.

‘In 1992 I went to the Republican National Convention in Houston. I was in middle school at the time and was in the Right to Life club. I was just really hoping to just make my parents proud but at this point I started to understand who I was, that I was different,’ West recalls. ‘A lot of it was a really great coping mechanism and cover for that. Like “Oh, he’s in Right to Life, he’s a Young Republican. He couldn’t be gay.” We all know that was a lie but that’s what I believed.’

‘There’s been a large impact of being raised in that environment on who I am as a person. My parents wanted me to be a lawyer and then to eventually become a politician. And I think that’s kind of what I’ve grown into in a different sense. As a drag queen, I feel that I am a politician and I’m a spokesperson for my community, which happens to be underserved and underrepresented and in dire need of rights and access.’

Raising money for Ohio

‘In Columbus, myself and my drag mother Virginia West, put together these big mainstage production shows that require about six weeks of rehearsals and all these production numbers and solo cabaret-style numbers. They are these huge events that have these 15-show runs in Columbus. Eighteen years ago, when we would do an encore for the show I started asking people to give anything they could. At the time I was raising money for the Columbus AIDS Task Force. I have known many people affected with HIV and AIDS so that was something that stuck with me.’

‘It just progressed from there. The shows just kept getting bigger and the charity asks just kept getting larger. To date I’ve raised over $2.5 million for charity and I have my own charitable foundation at the Columbus Foundation. It’s called the Nina West Foundation and it’s a 501(c)3 and I primarily raise money for LGBTQ causes, particularly those that are affecting our youth.’

Anything else?

Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman Representative for New York’s 14th district, has previously shown herself as an avid fan or RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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Nina West calls out ‘double standard’ after kissing fellow Drag Race queen

Nina West as Ursula

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11 contestant Nina West just called out a ‘double standard’ after kissing Silky Nutmeg Ganache.

It all started when a sneak peek preview of the new episode came out online.

During the 13-minute preview of episode five, the queens discuss Vanessa Vanjie Mateo and Brooke Lynn Heights’ romance.

Silky said: ‘My man loves me but I’m working on another one.’ She then turned around and sneakily looked at Nina West.

Nina West leaned in and the two queens kiss.

(The moment starts at 4:43)

The kiss caused an immediate reaction online, with some fans commenting on how hot the kiss was. But some people remarked how grossed out they were.

Nina also posted a screenshot of the kiss to her Instagram account.

One person replied to the Instagram photo: ‘Ew. Gross. No.’

Another commented: ‘C’mon Nina, you are so cute.. Silky is disgusting, especially her personality.’

 

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Nina West calls it out

The negative reaction to Nina West and Silky Nutmeg Ganache kissing caused Nina to post a tweet about it.

She wrote yesterday (27 March): ‘Wait! Wait! Wait! I am a little perplexed as to why my kissing @GanacheSilky is seen as gross or disgusting? What’s the tea, Christine? What’s the tea? #DoubleStandards’

Nina is undoubtedly referring to the overwhelming positive reaction to Vanjie and Brooke Lynn.

Brooke Lynn responded to Nina’s tweet: ‘I thought it was kinda hot,’ alongside an eggplant emoji.

Then Silky responded.

She tweeted: ‘Two plus size hunks don’t deserve love??? That’s how the community has made me feel for so long. But fuck y’all. I’m just as sexy as any other hoe.’

The full episode airs tonight (28 March) on VH1.

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Author: James Besanvalle

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Nina West hosted drag queen storytime and a little girl dressed up as her

Nina West and Gia at a drag queen storytime

When Nina West recently hosted drag queen storytime at a library in Worthington, Ohio, she was in for a special treat.

During these events, parents and children gather at their local library where a drag queen reads children’s books to the crowd.

West is a contestant in the current season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Her introduction outfit on the reality competition series was a fabulous and bright yellow dress, complete with a grand black hat and black gloves.

When she regaled the library with a reading, she ended up looking into a mirror — of sorts. One of the children gathered in the crowd for the reading decided the occasion called for a little dress-up.

Gia came dressed in her own rendition of West’s Drag Race intro outfit.

‘CATEGORY IS: workroom realness!’ West wrote on Instagram.

‘Gia always leaves me speechless, and this may be the best version of “Nina” I have ever seen. Melt my heart…’

Queens as role models

Gia’s mother offered a longer and more sentimental caption on her Instagram post of Gia meeting West.

‘Some kids want to dress up like princesses and that is ok,’ she wrote. ‘Gia however, enjoys dressing up like villains and drag queens!

‘I couldn’t think of a better role model for her to have to give her self confidence, teach her to be who she wants and motivates her to reach for the stars, and helps her understand that it is ok to be who you are.’

She continued, writing that her goal for Gia is for her to ‘be an advocate for those without a voice and to stand up for not only being kind to others, but to help everyone see that you just have to be who you are’.

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Some kids want to dress up like princesses and that is ok. Gia however, enjoys dressing up like villains and drag queens! I couldn’t think of a better role model for her to have to give her self confidence, teach her to be who she wants and motivates her to reach for the stars, and helps her understand that it is ok to be who you are. My goal is for her to some day be an advocate for those without a voice and to stand up for not only being kind to others, but to help everyone see that you just have to be who you are. We are well on our way! @ninawest @andrewrobertlevitt thank you for another amazing evening. I am happy that you are in our life and an inspiration to everyone that was in this room and beyond. Although she can only watch select clips from @rupaulsdragrace we are all there cheering you on! #theronnorman #survivinggia #ninawest

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She also thanked West for the storytime experience.

‘I am happy that you are in our life and an inspiration to everyone that was in this room and beyond,’ she concluded. ‘Although she [Gia] can only watch select clips from @rupaulsdragrace we are all there cheering you on!’

Drag queen storytime has become increasingly popular at public libraries over recent years.

These happens all over the country, such as the Brooklyn Public Library where they host a drag queen storytime once a month.

Numerous conservative voices and groups have drawn ire against these gatherings. Despite disturbing them, the readings continue and recently a court threw out a lawsuit against a Texas library for hosting them.

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