US President Joe Biden recently welcomed drag queen Marti Cummings to the White House for the signing of the Respect for Marriage Act. Cummings took to Twitter to post a photo of the digital invitation, thanking President Barack Obama and First Lady Jill Biden for the opportunity. They stated:
“To be a non-binary drag performer invited to the White House is something I never dreamed would happen. Thank you for inviting me to this historic legislative signing, President Obama and Dr. Biden. “Grateful doesn’t begin to explain how I feel.”
The invitation comes after the House passed legislation requiring the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages in states where they are legal. However, immediately after Cummings published the invitation, some of their earlier comments about the defunding of the police force were revived on the internet. According to Fox News, the drag performer ran an unsuccessful campaign for the New York City Council in 2020, including a call to disband the police force.
President and Dr. Biden have invited famed NYC drag performer Marti Gould Cummings to the White House for the signing of the Respect for Marriage Act. pic.twitter.com/qepHF8T9FV
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) December 12, 2022
A look at Marti Cummings’ previous controversial tweets
Marti Cummings is a well-known drag performer known for her activism and notable efforts to help the LGBTQ+ community. The artist, on the other hand, has already sparked controversy with some of their tweets.
Marti Cummings apparently responded in June 2020 on their now private Twitter account:
“I am a proud fem queer nonbinary drag artist who wants to deter the police and fund education, affordable housing and social work. I’m running for city council with a bunch of other queer candidates, and we’re going to fight for you, the people, not police unions or real estate.
They added in another tweet:
“We want to relieve the police. Yes, we want to get rid of ICE. No, we will not agree for less and we will continue to fight for this.” Earlier this year, the singer reportedly tweeted about “ACAB Coffee” and expressed support for the phrase, which stands for “All Cops are B**********s.”
Cummings continues to tweet support for defunding the police force to invest in the community, saying:
“For me it’s still discouraging the police and investing in the community!” It is mind boggling to fund militaristic police over education, housing, mental health, parks and free transportation.”
Cummings also posted a video of herself singing and towing Baby Shark to a youngster at a 2019 event on Twitter. They also supported the concept of teaching cross-dressing to young people, writing:
“Anyone who thinks that drag is not for young people is mistaken. Dragging is an expression, and children are such judgment-free individuals; they don’t care as much what you wear as what you do.”
While Marti Cummings has expressed strong support for “defunding the police force,” the White House has remained silent on the issue. Fox News stated that President Biden said at a New York police event in February that “the solution is not to starve the police.” As Cummings’ comments spread on social media, they decided to make their Twitter account private.
Drag queen Marti Cummings who will be in the White House today: “I want to live in a time where our kids can go to a library and watch drag performers read stories without the Proud boys showing up to protest” pic.twitter.com/g4db7HqHGj
— 3sidedstory 🇺🇲 (@3sidedstory) December 13, 2022
Marti Cummings: everything you need to know
Marti Cummings is a New York City-based drag performer, television personality, and political activist. Cummings is a “frequent nightlife presence” and has had a decade-long career in cross-dressing, according to their official website. They have sold out performances at 54 Below, Lincoln Center’s Big Apple Circus, Dixon Place, and regularly travel the world on Atlantis Cruises, doing up to six regular shows a week. They also served on the board of the Ali Forney Center for Homeless LGBTQ Youth and the Equality NY Advisory Board.
Cummings also served on the NYC Nightlife Advisory Council and Community Board 9 as co-chair of Drag Out the Vote. The musician also ran for city council in New York City’s 7th ward. They also released A Very Mary Holiday, a Christmas CD featuring Broadway performers such as Tony Award winner Cady Huffman and Tony Award nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega. Marti Cummings has appeared on several programs including The X Change Rate, Shade Queens of NYC, Dragged on Yahoo! and The Marti Report on LOGO.
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