Drag queens and America’s Southern bible-belt are seldom, if ever, spoken in the same breath but HBO is helping to shift the narrative with We’re Here, featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Shangela, Eureka O’Hara and Bob the Drag Queen.
The fresh, unscripted Amazon Prime Video production follows the well-known trio as they travel through different small town pockets of America. While there, the threesome give personal advice and drag makeovers to local LGBTQ and straight residents, in preparation for a live show at the end of each week’s episode. This series is more than just a fancy exhibition, as Shangela noted: “[We’re] getting in their lives and working with them to be the best versions of themselves, to reach a goal or dream that they’ve had and do it through the power of drag.”
We’re Here focuses on the logistics of drag and its culture as well as the struggles that many in the LGBTQ community face as youngsters and adults. The hosts are warm, sympathetic, but demanding of their protégés, and seem to have an easy rapport with one another. We’re Here lets viewers in on a distinct subculture that has just scratched the surface in small town USA. Have a look-see at the Amazon Prime, YouTube, HBO trailer.
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