Category is: REGISTER TO VOTE!
#TBT to almost 2 weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to attend RuPaul’s DragCon in NYC courtesy of HeadCount! HeadCount is an organization that holds various Voter Registration Programs at events such as concerts, festivals, and conventions. It was through HeadCount that I registered to vote for the first time in 2011! So when I ran into them again at the AfroPunk Festival in Brooklyn, NY and asked if I was interested in volunteering with them, I of course said, yes. At that time I had no idea volunteering with them was an option. I signed up that day. That’s how I ended up at DragCon.
Us volunteers were at the Javitz Center, where the convention took place, a few hours before it was open to the public and stayed until about 8pm when it closed for Day 1. Needless to say, I had a great time! I stuck with one other volunteer, Janelle, the whole day as we walked around for hours with our clipboards raised asking any and everyone if they were registered to vote. I’m happy to report that 99% of the people we asked were already registered! It’s funny because Janelle and I would almost squeal with happiness every time someone said they were already registered.
Not that it’s OK to make assumptions but all of us volunteers assumed that everyone in attendance would most likely be registered already. The people that attend DragCon are a part of the LGBTQ community and/or minorities and allies so they know how important it is to vote this upcoming local and general elections.
Besides that I also helped patrons sign-up for election notifications to stay up-to-date on not just general elections but their local elections. And in between all of that work, I was able to enjoy the event as well!
Janelle and I ended up running into Corey, the social media correspondent for The Root, a Black news and media site. We had a BLAST to say the very least. The laughs did not stop between the 3 of us and we had some real conversations about being Black in America these days and it was everything we needed. Because Corey was doing press for DragCon, he had the hook-up and since his friend bailed on him, Janelle and I got to receive the perks of Corey’s press pass. Look at God! We got to meet a bunch of the Black drag queens and IT. WAS. EVERY.THING! The queens are so warm and welcoming and down to earth. I love them so much.
I went to DragCon last year as well and the one thing that I can count on at the event is for the good vibes. Everyone is there living their best lives freely and comfortably and it’s just wonderful to see.
Check out my Beauty/Lifestyle Instagram @allbeautygeorgie for all my DragCon NYC 2018 photos