Elaine Lancaster is one of South Florida’s famed drag darlings. The queen is known for her work in the community that has spanned over two decades. Currently, she hosts Voss Events’ popular Drag Brunch every Sunday at Señor Frog’s in South Beach.
She is also one of Donald Trump’s loudest supporters.
Lancaster just participated in a panel discussion on CNN, chatting about her support for the POTUS.
Out of drag, Lancaster was picked as a poster child for the “Gays for Trump” movement. Since her support has hit major news outlets, she has received quite a lot of backlash from her own LGBT community — and lost a few gigs as well.
We chatted with Lancaster about the backlash. She exclusively tells us, “I was fired from emceeing this year’s Gay Pride Main stage, which I had done for the previous three years. It was agreed that I was to do it this year until an online hatefest campaign was launched, calling for my disassociation with gay pride or any other LGBT organizations. And the president, Dave Cook, took me off being the MC.”
“I had a lucrative liquor endorsement that was rescinded. They’ve come hard for my Sunday emceeing gig at Señor Frog’s Miami Beach, but the promoter and the company does not succumb to threats, bullying or discrimination.”
She has been told: “’I think anyone who supports Trump should be beaten.’ Or that I’m a racist. I can’t see how they connect the dots.”
“Historically, yes, the Republican Party has had problems with discrimination and division. But Donald Trump was pro-marriage equality before anyone else was. Hillary only did it when she had no other choice. But they want to demonize him at every turn.”
— Elaine Lancaster (@elainelancaster) July 17, 2017
Economy and employment are issues that Lancaster cites as her “number one reason” why she is supporting Trump.
“The economy is doing record numbers. People are saying that it’s because of Obama. No. It builds from the future. People feel optimistic about the future so they are pouring it into the American economy and spending money.”
Lancaster believes that the America’s economic issues have destroyed small-town America, remembering her mother’s small town in Georgia that was once a vibrant town.
“Ten years ago, everything closed.”
“I use to travel all around the country for my work. I see places that I use to shop. The wig shop that has been there for 40 years? Today, it’s gone. There are real working class struggles out there. I have always supported the worker, the middle-class worker, and I think Trump was the better candidate for them.”
When asked if she has any regrets for being so outspoken, Lancaster insists she made the right choice. “I have to double down now. I can’t say that I made a mistake. If people weren’t so hysterical. The day he was elected they have screamed impeachment. Those are the words of Maxine Waters, who can’t even put together a coherent sentence.”
Lancaster was also part of the reality series The Real Housewives of Miami as an auxiliary character. Even though part of fame is due to her appearance on that franchise, she agrees that reality television is “what has ruined the civic discourse in America.”
But isn’t that how Trump was elected?
“Trump’s rhetoric during the campaign may have been some fuel for that but when you pull back and try and have a civil discussion with the nation, all they want to figure out is how can we throw a wrench in this man’s presidency and get him impeached.”
“There are lobbyists at work because he is trying to drain the swamp. There are forces at work trying to get him impeached.”
“I don’t live in a gay ghetto. I support what’s right and what’s from my heart.”
“No one owes you anything. Not your family, not your country. Except safety, security and a equal opportunity. I came to Miami Beach in 1997 with nothing. I worked hard for years. I had obstacles all along the way and I overcame them all to get where I am today.”
Many of Elaine Lancaster’s loudest critics don’t challenge her stance on the policy, and instead attack her physical appearance.
“They don’t attack me about the substance issues like policy. They come for the superficial and the physical. They tell me ‘you have a botched face lift’ or ‘you look like a clown in that tie.’”
“These people are the segment of the gay community who still beg and plead for equality. Now that we have everything, the oppressed are no longer oppressed. So now they have become the oppressor.”
“We have marriage equality. There is still some word play issues. Housing rights need to be worked on.”
“I used to go the gay bar to seek solace when I was younger. To find people who I had something in common with. Now, I don’t want to go anywhere because I get pushed and shoved when I do.”
Lancaster thinks part of the outpouring of hatred for her political views stems from historical resentment at her success as a drag queen. “My deep rooted belief this is a just social acceptable excuse to hate me,” she tells us. “The jealousy was always there. They don’t get a fraction of what I get.”
“What’s so shocking a large of majority of these people are former employees of mine. People who I have treated well and helped get new jobs with recommendations. What the fuck? No good deed goes unpunished.”
Chadwick Moore Instagrammed spending some time with Lancaster when she was in NYC filming the panel with CNN. I asked about her relationship with him.
“I don’t know him well but I like him. I haven’t seen everything he has posted, but he is feisty and I like feisty. As a member of the drag community, you had to develop a sense of wit because it was a defense mechanism. To defend yourself, to protect yourself because we were getting belittled by the straight community.”
“You have to develop a thick skin but I have. It’s painful at times, but I think, ‘Wow, really? Where is the gratitude?’ But I’m no shrinking violet. I learned a long time to if you are going to be a man in a wig, you have to build a thick skin.”
“I am socially liberal. Conservatives say you can’t have a discussion with a liberal because it all goes to name calling. They compare Gays for Trump to ‘Jews for Hitler’ and I just think that is ridiculous.”
“I don’t agree with everything he says, of course. I am an American citizen. It’s not about me, it’s about the country. It’s about the community.”
“But now, I’m an enemy of the gay community. I worked 20 years and sacrificed my personal life for the betterment of the gay community. I want a place at a table. If something goes awry, I have a voice. We aren’t going to stand for that. I want to be a champion for the gay community.
“If that man does anything anti-LGBT, I will be the first person to go to DC and protest.”
Next, Lancaster brings up Obama. “Obama had every opportunity to raise the black community up and he chose not to. Instead, he just pandered to them.”
“You cannot just assume you have people by the balls,” she adds.
“The gay community is fleeing to the Republican Party faster than you can ever imagine because they are tired of be taken for granted and being talked down to.”
“Everything the gay community has, we have it because we have worked hard for it. I was in that fight in the late ‘80s. I was in New York City doing ACT UP demonstrations, trying to get medicine trials for people who dying from HIV and AIDS. I was beaten up and shoved, hit with sticks. Gotten called all kind of names but that is how we got AZT into the hands of sick people.”
“You don’t put a wig on your head in the 1980s and get the kind of attacks I got if you’re not tough. Now, I see it was a necessary road to endure for what I am enduring now.”
“I am no snowflake.”
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