L.A.’s queer community speaks out against Tennessee drag ban
“I will not stop performing if I have to perform in a dumpster in a back alley,” BenDeLaCreme says in a tone full of optimistic, comedic edge.
Before becoming “RuPaul’s Drag Race” royalty, headlining sold-out shows and having her own Hulu special, drag queen BenDeLaCreme, also known as “DeLa,” was a small-town queer kid struggling with depression and suicidal ideation. It was drag that saved her life.
“People ask me when I started doing drag, but I feel like I’ve sort of always been a drag queen,” DeLa says. Growing up, she was inspired by the drag documentary “Wigstock” and hearing RuPaul’s album “Supermodel of the World.” “Those little peaks on the horizon were this glimmer of hope that kept me going,” she said.