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The Drag Stars With Down's Syndrome On Life, Art And Lip Syncing

By Jayson Mansaray

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The group’s popularity has also seen them tour Europe and Canada, as well the UK. But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing.

Drag Syndrome were scheduled to perform in Michigan, US as part of the ArtPrize competition. But after complaints were made, 2020 congressional candidate Peter Meijer declined to host them at his venue, stating he believed the artists couldn’t give “informed consent“.

In response The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a complaint to the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

Justin is keen to point out the positive when I ask about discouraging responses like this to an openly queer and disabled troupe of performers.

“Where people do accept me and love me and I’ve got a lot of fans, well basically (it’s) a good way of communicating with your fans.

“But with the negative it’s not good because I don’t like being not respected for who I am.”

The Meijer blip seems to be only a minor hiccup on the road to success for Drag Syndrome they have now been featured in three books: 50 Drag Queens Who Changed The World, Contemporary Drag Practice And Performance and Legendary Children.

And in a Whatsapp message, with the prayer hands emoji, creative director Daniel Vais tells me “they are planning a world tour for 2021”.

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Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/drag-syndrome-the-collective-of-drag-kings-and-queens-with-downs-syndrome_uk_5ef367bfc5b6aa825ac9d053