RuPaul’s Drag Race season 2 winner Tyra Sanchez has repeatedly made threats, warning attendees at this weekend’s upcoming RuPaul’s DragCon in Los Angeles that something ominous will happen. The Los Angeles Police Department are taking these statements seriously, and have released a statement regarding the Tyra Sanchez threats.
The Blast reports that an LAPD spokesperson said they are “aware of the threats … and will be on ‘heightened alert’ this weekend.” Police add they’ll send additional officers to the Los Angeles Convention Center. Even though they’re taking the Tyra Sanchez threats seriously, The Blast reports they’re not specifically investigating Sanchez herself.
An official for DragCon adds, “The LAPD is engaged and involved in its process of investigation.”
Drag Race Season 5 winner Jinkx Monsoon released a poignant statement about the Tyra Sanchez threats.
Monsoon said on Twitter, “Queer people already have limited safe spaces, and we have fought hard to get to this place where we have a weekend to celebrate drag and the LGBTQAI+ community. I don’t know how to explain how upset I am that someone from within is threatening that and trying to scare us away.”
Monsoon continues, “I hope this person receives guidance out of this dark place they’re in. We’ve always been friends and I am trying to maintain empathy and compassion while they threaten the community I’ve sworn to protect, but nothing excuses these scare tactics in today’s climate.”
We’re loving Monsoon’s words here. As LGBTQ people, we have to work hard to create spaces for our community to thrive. The closing of gay bars is just one example of the safe spaces we’re losing. RuPauls Drag Race and DragCon have created a whole other level of queer space that transcend so much real-world hatred and anti-LGBTQ violence. For Sanchez to attempt to thwart that with her threats is painful.
We’ll be there at DragCon this weekend, despite the fear tactics Sanchez has decided to employ against her own community. Our queer spaces and our LGBTQ community were attacked at Pulse. We stood tall after that destruction, and learned an important lesson in what we value as queer people.
We’ll act no different this weekend at DragCon.