President Joe Biden invited a drag queen who performs for children to the White House on Tuesday to witness the signing of the “Respecting Marriage Act,” which enshrines same-sex marriage in law.
Drag queen activist Marti Cummings celebrated the invite on Twitter, and while he keeps his account private, the Libs of TikTok account shared Cummings’ status.
“Being a guest non-binary drag performer in the White House is something I never imagined would happen. Thank you to the President and Dr. Biden for inviting me to this historic bill signing. Grateful doesn’t begin to express the emotions I feel,” Cummings tweeted while sharing a screenshot of the White House invitation.
Small clarification: The event at the White House is tomorrow but was publicized by the drag queen today.
— TikTok Libs (@libsoftiktok) December 12, 2022
On her website, Marti Gould Cummings presents herself as a “drag artist, television personality and political figure.
“Throughout their nearly decade-long drag career, Marti has been a fixture in the nightlife world, performing up to 6 regular shows a week,” her website states. “They’ve sold out gigs at 54 Below, Lincoln Centers Big Apple Circus, Dixon Place and regularly cruise the world with Atlantis Cruises.”
Just a week ago, Cummings shared a photo of himself dressed in drag surrounded by kids for a Drag Queen Story Hour, describing her as a “family friends event.
“I love doing Drag Story Hour. Despite what conservatives say, this family-friendly event is a way to spread joy, teach acceptance and love,” he said in her Instagram post, “A way to bring people together. Kids just wanna hear their favorite stories…keep spreading the hate cause I’ll keep spreading the joy.”
Following the shooting at the Colorado Springs gay nightclub, Cummings spoke at the Stonewall Inn where he hoped for a future where Drag Queen Story Hour would be allowed without fear of protest.
“We are living in unprecedented times and historic times. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live in unprecedented or historic times,” he said. “I want to live in a time where we can go to a queer space and not have to worry about a gunman showing up to take our lives. I want to live in a time when our kids can go to a library and see drag artists reading them stories without the threat of the Proud Boys showing up to protest.