With Pride festivals around the nation canceled or postponed, LGBTQ Nation is bringing the celebration to you with our new series “Flashes of Pride.” We’ll look back at some of our community’s finest moments from the past few years as a reminder that no matter what life throws our way, queer people will fight our way through it and dance when we hit the other side.
In 2016, a viral video of drag queen Monét X Change getting ready for a show in the middle of Times Square swept the web. In between painting her face and putting on her wig, she made a new friend – an adorable tourist from Oklahoma.
“I set out on this project, with no expectations,” Monét wrote on Facebook, “and it was honestly one of the most organically beautiful things to ever happen to me.”
Though the two ostensibly had little in common, the pair quickly bonded, becoming fast—if unexpected—friends.
“With racial tension at a boiling point in this country, this beautiful white woman comes over with eyes of love, and a heart of compassion,” Monét recalled, “to just ’make a friend,’ and now we are bonded for life.”
After their impromptu meeting, Monét invited Tulsa resident Jeannine Glover to attend her show that evening. She accepted the invitation and brought her family along with her.
"Street Beatz"…Watch me paint and get into full Drag in the middle of Times Square. Yes, FULL Drag!Like n' Cher
Posted by Monét X Change on Thursday, September 22, 2016