San Francisco May Have a New Office of ‘Drag Laureate’
Well this is absolutely delightful! San Francisco is considering creating the office of Drag Laureate.
Yesterday on SF Gate, Peter-Astrid Kane (also a contributor to this website) wrote that the “Bay Area Reporter noted the idea was one of many in S.F.’s ‘LGBTQ+ Cultural Heritage Strategy,’ a 2018 report that was revised in August amid nightlife’s pandemic near-extinction.”
The report suggests “Innovative programming may also include the creation and funding of LGBTQ+ artist residency opportunities or the development of City Drag Laureate positions to recognize the significant longstanding and ongoing contribution of drag artists to San Francisco’s culture.”
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Just like our long history of having a celebrated poet be The City’s Poet Laureate, this would be an honorific title but not much more is known about what it would entail. That said, this suggestion by Peter-Astrid made me laugh out loud: “Instead of novelty oversized keys to the city, perhaps recipients could be presented with a bottle of ‘VHS cleaner’ (which is to say, poppers) on a fine filigree chain.”
Who would you nominate to be San Francisco’s first Drag Laureate? Let us know in the comments.