Drag politics go local

Salon goes behind the scenes with a group of drag queens who are challenging the common stereotypes around what drag queen life looks like. The cast of Fusion TV's "Shade: Queens of NYC" show life when the wigs come off and brings a human side to the screen, often not seen in other shows starring drag queens. For Marti Gould Cummings, local politics is huge. Cummings founded a political club, Hell's Kitchen Democrats, as fresh answer to the established Democrats collective in the neighborhood. Jada Valenciaga and Jasmine Rice LaBeija say that drag queens are no different from anybody else. On "Salon Talks" Rice added: "We have more in common than differences."

Watch the video above to learn more about how these queens are changing the perceptions of drag and changing politics. Tune into SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on Salon, Facebook and Periscope.

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