Bushwig, which is fast becoming the premier annual event for forward-thinking drag performances, culture and camaraderie, returned to the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens for the first of two days on Saturday (Sept. 7). And naturally, in today’s political climate, boundary-pushing art rarely pops up without progressive politics following close behind.
After a blistering performance of Tina Turner’s roof-raising take on “Proud Mary,” drag queen/activist Marti Gould Cummings reminded everyone that it was on the Bushwig stage one year ago that he stated his intention to enter politics -- and just days ago, Cummings announced he’s officially running for Manhattan’s District 7 City Council seat in the 2021 election.
“I’m so excited to be a queer candidate -- we need LGBTQ representation on all levels of government,” Cummings said to cheers. “We need to take down the patriarchy and take back the country -- it’s our obligation to fight back,” he added before leading the crowd in a chant of his campaign website, www.martiformanhattan.com.