Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Attitude
Bob the Drag Queen has spoken out in support of Pride attendees who are closeted the rest of the year, saying: "Remember, for some people this is the only time they get to be out."
The RuPaul's Drag Race star - speaking as part of Attitude's My Pride, sponsored by Taimi video series - points out that even "shirtless" and "clearly gay" people in "harnesses" may, in fact, be facing difficulties at home.
The star - who won season eight of the hit show - will be joined by RPDR alumni Alaska for the series for Attitude Pride At Home, in association with Klarna (17-27 June), alongside the likes of fashion guru Henry Holland and make-up artist Dominic Skinner.
"You have no clue what it means for them to walk down the street in a harness"
In the video, Bob describes an interaction he had with a couple at a past Pride event in NYC: "They were like, you know, we're in the closet and we live upstate and this is once a year, we get to be out. It's the only time we can be ourselves and hold hands in public," he explains.
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The 34-year-old continued: "Some people don’t like people who are out there dancing shirtless, being super ‘clearly gay’ – you don’t know how long they have waited to celebrate that moment. You have no clue what it means for them to walk down the street in a harness.
"It may seem silly to you, but you have no idea what it actually means to that person who gets to be their authentic selves just for this day.”
Attitude's My Pride, sponsored by Taimi video series is part of Attitude Pride At Home, in association with Klarna: 11 days of music, drag, DJs, poetry, performance and readings, with support from Klarna, Bentley, Swatch, Taimi and others.
Attitude Pride at Home, in association with Klarna, is to benefit the Attitude Magazine Foundation for LGBT causes – this year supporting ten amazing organisations including AKT, Black Trans Foundation, Curly’s Legacy, Elton John AIDS Foundation, The Food Chain, Kaleidoscope Trust, LGBT Youth Scotland, Mermaids, Stonewall UK and Switchboard LGBT.
Each will receive at least £1000 courtesy of our sponsors Klarna, Bentley, Clifford Chance, Slingsby, Swatch and Taimi and individual supporters.