Meet The Vixen, the fearless drag queen whose activism is revolutionizing drag

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"It's very important to speak your mind and to exercise your right to put yourself out there. Because if you live your life [internally], when you die, no one will really know who you are or what you're about," The Vixen said.

Anthony Taylor from Chicago, also known as The Vixen, is known and often celebrated for speaking up, especially when it comes to being black in the world of drag. While on Season 10 of "RuPaul's Drag Race," The Vixen confronted the issue of race on the show and within the audience head on with Ru. 

Now, The Vixen continues to celebrate black women in her long running show comprised of black drag queens—male, female and transgender. "I use my show, Black Girl Magic, to uplift [black women], celebrate them, and also give them a space to be exactly who they are without pandering to anything else," she said.

The show is held at Roscoe's in Chicago's Boystown, an area which The Vixen said was previously a very segregated area. And that makes it all the more special. "To have a show that celebrates black drag queens in the heart of an area that used to be very controversial and not very open minded is progress," Taylor said. 

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Anthony Taylor wasn't always this fearless force though, he admitted.

"The Vixen is powerful, aggressive, a feisty, feisty person," he said, adding that "being The Vixen has really allowed me to tap into a personality that I didn't think I had. I've always been a little bit afraid to speak out. In the beginning, I thought drag queens weren't allowed to say this. I thought I, as a black kid, wasn't going to be able to speak out or make a difference in these ways."

He says drag queens are a "beacon of adversity," calling on their strength back in the day to go outside in a wig and heels, and make themselves not only visible, but a target.

Today, The Vixen believes drag can and should be enjoyed by everyone.

"Regular people can look at drag queens and get that confidence and say, 'you know what? I just need to go out because there's a good time being had without me,'" The Vixen said. "I hope people leave my show feeling like I can do anything."

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Actress Alia Shawkat is seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 9, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Sarah Morris/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - 2019/06/09: A participant at the LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood, California. The 49th annual gay pride parade includes a music festival and a parade that draws large crowds. (Photo by Ronen Tivony / SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - 2019/06/09: Participants at the LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood, California. The 49th annual gay pride parade includes a music festival and a parade that draws large crowds. (Photo by Ronen Tivony / SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - 2019/06/09: Gloria Allred participates in the LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood, California. The 49th annual gay pride parade includes a music festival and a parade that draws large crowds. (Photo by Ronen Tivony / SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: TV personality Ariana Madix seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - 2019/06/09: People carry a huge rainbow flag during the LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood, California. The 49th annual gay pride parade includes a music festival and a parade that draws large crowds. (Photo by Ronen Tivony / SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Gloria Allred seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - 2019/06/09: A participants at the LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood, California. The 49th annual gay pride parade includes a music festival and a parade that draws large crowds. (Photo by Ronen Tivony / SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants kiss at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
Thousands attend the annual Philly Pride Parade celebrating the LGBTQI Community and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, in Philadelphia, PA, on June 9, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Thousands attend the annual Philly Pride Parade celebrating the LGBTQI Community and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, in Philadelphia, PA, on June 9, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Thousands attend the annual Philly Pride Parade celebrating the LGBTQI Community and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, in Philadelphia, PA, on June 9, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 09: Playing Frankenfurter from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," Lauren Montgomery, 34, rides in a truck making its way through the procession during the Motor City Pride Parade on June 9, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Brittany Greeson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 09: Kevin Wainczak, 22, of Plymouth, Michigan, waits to march alongside other participants during the Motor City Pride Parade on June 9, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Brittany Greeson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 09: Members of the Allstate Insurance Company walk through the streets during the Motor City Pride Parade on June 9, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Brittany Greeson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 09: Members of Groove Entertainment and other participants relax on the side of a building before the Motor City Pride Parade on June 9, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Brittany Greeson/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 8: Travis Roe, AKA Sister Sandra Music, of the Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, arrives at the Boston Pride Parade on June 8, 2019. Boston Prides 49th march for LGBTQ equality is expected to be the largest in Pride history with more than 430 contingents, 45,000-50,000 participants and over 750,000 spectators. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 8: Members of Hopedale Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) cheer at the start of the Boston Pride Parade on June 8, 2019. Boston Prides 49th march for LGBTQ equality is expected to be the largest in Pride history with more than 430 contingents, 45,000-50,000 participants and over 750,000 spectators. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 8: A crowd of people cheer on those participating in the Capital Pride Parade in Washington on Saturday June 8, 2019. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 8: A couple kisses after getting engaged as they participate in the Capital Pride Parade in Washington on Saturday June 8, 2019. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 8: Sen. Paul Strauss, D-N.Y., throws a necklace into the crowd as he participates in the Capital Pride Parade in Washington on Saturday June 8, 2019. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 8: A crowd of people cheer on those participating in the Capital Pride Parade in Washington on Saturday June 8, 2019. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 8: A man reaches over a fence to grab a piece of candy thrown to the crowd in the Capital Pride Parade in Washington on Saturday June 8, 2019. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 8: Spectators watch the annual Capital Pride Parade which takes place in Washington, D.C., June 8, 2019. Representatives and members of more than 200 organizations marched the 1.5-miles-long route throughout Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods. The parade was organized by Capital Pride Alliance with the intention to "celebrate, educate, support, and inspire" about the LGBTQ community. This year Capital Pride also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots of 1969, which is considered the beginning of the gay rights movement. (Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - 2019/06/08: Thousands of people march at the annual Gay Pride Parade in Rome. (Photo by Leo Claudio De Petris/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - 2019/06/08: Thousands of people march at the annual Gay Pride Parade in Rome. (Photo by Leo Claudio De Petris/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
WARSAW, MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND - 2019/06/08: A crowd marches through Warsaw during the Warsaw Pride. The Equality March also called the Warsaw Pride parade, brought thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw, at the time when the gay rights movement in Poland is under siege by hate speech and a government campaign depicting it as a threat to families and society. (Photo by Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WARSAW, MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND - 2019/06/08: Mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Trzaskowski speaks in support during the Warsaw Pride. The Equality March also called the Warsaw Pride parade, brought thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw, at the time when the gay rights movement in Poland is under siege by hate speech and a government campaign depicting it as a threat to families and society. (Photo by Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WARSAW, MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND - 2019/06/08: A lesbian couple holding their hands during the Equality March. The Equality March also called the Warsaw Pride parade, brought thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw, at the time when the gay rights movement in Poland is under siege by hate speech and a government campaign depicting it as a threat to families and society. (Photo by Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WARSAW, MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND - 2019/06/08: LGBT people perform on a truck platform during the Warsaw Pride. The Equality March also called the Warsaw Pride parade, brought thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw, at the time when the gay rights movement in Poland is under siege by hate speech and a government campaign depicting it as a threat to families and society. (Photo by Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 8: New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson dances with other members of the city council at Brooklyn's annual Gay Pride Parade as it travels down the narrow street of 5th Avenue on June 8, 2019 in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 8: Marchers and spectators mix and mingle as Brooklyn's annual Gay Pride Parade travels down the narrow street of 5th Avenue on June 8, 2019 in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
WARSAW, MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND - 2019/06/08: LGBT people perform on a truck platform during the Warsaw Pride. The Equality March also called the Warsaw Pride parade, brought thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw, at the time when the gay rights movement in Poland is under siege by hate speech and a government campaign depicting it as a threat to families and society. (Photo by Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WARSAW, MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND - 2019/06/08: Two gay man pose in "Warsaw Pride" t-shirts during the Equality March. The Equality March also called the Warsaw Pride parade, brought thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw, at the time when the gay rights movement in Poland is under siege by hate speech and a government campaign depicting it as a threat to families and society. (Photo by Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WARSAW, MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND - 2019/06/08: A man waves a huge rainbow flag during the Warsaw Pride. The Equality March also called the Warsaw Pride parade, brought thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw, at the time when the gay rights movement in Poland is under siege by hate speech and a government campaign depicting it as a threat to families and society. (Photo by Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 8: New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson dances with other members of the city council at Brooklyn's annual Gay Pride Parade as it travels down the narrow street of 5th Avenue on June 8, 2019 in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
WARSAW, MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND - 2019/06/08: A young man poses with a rainbow flag and a cat mask during the Warsaw Pride. The Equality March also called the Warsaw Pride parade, brought thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw, at the time when the gay rights movement in Poland is under siege by hate speech and a government campaign depicting it as a threat to families and society. (Photo by Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 8: Marchers and spectators mix and mingle as Brooklyn's annual Gay Pride Parade travels down the narrow street of 5th Avenue on June 8, 2019 in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 8: New York State Attorney General Letitia James joins marchers and spectators at Brooklyn's annual Gay Pride Parade as it travels down the narrow street of 5th Avenue on June 8, 2019 in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 08: People march in the annual Gay Pride parade,on June 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati - Corbis/Getty Images,)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 08: People march in the annual Gay Pride parade,on June 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati - Corbis/Getty Images,)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 08: People march in the annual Gay Pride parade,on June 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati - Corbis/Getty Images,)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 08: People march in the annual Gay Pride parade,on June 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati - Corbis/Getty Images,)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 08: People march in the annual Gay Pride parade,on June 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati - Corbis/Getty Images,)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 08: People march in the annual Gay Pride parade,on June 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati - Corbis/Getty Images,)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 08: People march in the annual Gay Pride parade,on June 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati - Corbis/Getty Images,)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 08: People march in the annual Gay Pride parade,on June 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati - Corbis/Getty Images,)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 08: People march in the annual Gay Pride parade,on June 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati - Corbis/Getty Images,)
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