Meet the first drag queen to ever hold public office in the United States

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Maebe. A Girl isn't your typical drag queen. She is the first drag queen elected to public office in the U.S. and currently serves as on the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, which is one of the more than 90 neighborhood council distrcits in Los Angeles, California.

"I could have had my boy name on the ballot, but I decided to run as Maebe A. Girl because I know have a more powerful voice when I'm in drag," she said.

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I’m beyond excited to announce my candidacy for California’s 28th Congressional District! We’ve completed all of our preliminary filings with the State of CA and the FEC, and the campaign begins NOW! I’m here for 3 reasons -to PROTECT, ADVOCATE, and LEGISLATE! Visit my website maebeagirlforcongress.org to find out more about the issues, sign up to be a supporter, and contribute! And don’t forget to Vote YES! on Maebe at the March 3rd Primary Election! This is the same election as the 2020 Presidential Primary. 🏳️‍🌈🇺🇸#maebeagirlforcongress #maebe2020 #voteyesonmaebe #ca28 California’s 28th Congressional District includes West Hollywood, Hollywood, the Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Echo Park, Atwater Village, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Sunland-Tujunga, La Cañada-Flintridge, La Crescenta-Montrose, Verdugo Hills, and part of the Angeles National Forest. Get involved! Campaign flyer by @foxymeghan photo by @chloeniks #maebeagirl #congress #congressionalcandidate #dragqueen #genderfluid #trans #politician #queer #politics #government #lgbtq #lgbt #losangeles #california #usa #2020 #2020election
COUNCIL UPDATES! Last night at the SLNC Governing Board Special Meeting we approved our 2019-2020 budget, $14,300 of which will be designated for Neighborhood Purpose Grants. If you or someone you know is part of a 501c3 organization in Silver Lake, inquire with the SLNC about how your organization can apply for a grant. ✅We voted to submit a Community Impact Statement to the City of LA through the SLNC Homelessness Committee to address homeless encampment clean-ups, with the recommendation to approach this sensitive subject with more compassion. Rather than random “sweeps” the recommendation is to have scheduled cleanups in an effort to provide notice and allow individuals to gather their personal belongings, which often include personal identification and prescriptions that can be so difficult for homeless people to reobtain once they’ve been thrown out. ✅We voted to form an Ad-Hoc Committee on Housing & Homelessness to meet at least four times annually lead by Councilmember Samantha Danner. This is separate from, but will work in conjunction with, the Homelessness in Silver Lake Committee. ✅We voted to create a housing and homelessness resources page on the SLNC website in collaboration with relevant committees such as the Housing & Tenants Rights, Mature Adults and LGBTQIA committees. ✅We voted to approve the formation of a Latinx Committee lead by Councilmember @dulcestein The mission statement and scope of the Latinx Committee in Silver Lake will be discussed at our next public meeting on July 10. Inquire about how you can get involved with this particular committee. ✅We voted to submit a CIS supporting CD 4 Councilmember Ryu’s letter to the City Council Transportation Committee which supports the road diet on Rowena and calls for further safety measures. ✅We voted to create an Ad-Hoc Committee concerning the LADWP Modular Building scheduled to be built at the Silver Lake Reservoir in November 2019. Stay tuned for more COUNCIL UPDATES and GET INVOLVED!! 📸 @chloeniks #councilupdates #slnc #silverlake #councilwoman #maebeagirl #dragqueen #lgbtq #lgbt #trans #latinx #homelessness #politics #government #losangeles
I had the best time hosting this cake class -a huge thank you to @milkbarstore @milkbarlab for a fabulous kickoff to Pride weekend 🍰🍰🍰All proceeds from the class will benefit @aidshealthcare 📸 @chloeniks #cake #cakesfordays #milkbar #pride #lgbt #lgbtqia #ahf #pastrychef #birthdaycake #dragqueen #maebeagirl #anditsnotevenmybirthday
COUNCIL UPDATES! I’m so PROUD of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council for voting YES on my motion to form an LGBTQIA Committee as a branch of the Council! I was informed by our Department of Neighborhood Empowerment representative, which oversees the Neighborhood Council system, that he believes this is the first LGBTQIA Committee establishment in any of the 96 Neighborhood Councils in Los Angeles. This is exciting and historic, but shows that there is much to be done yet in our city! The purpose of this committee is to ensure that LGBTQIA people are fairly represented when it comes to all community matters and voting issues, to preserve Silver Lake’s rich queer history, and to focus on topics specific to LGBTQIA people as they pertain to Silver Lake and LA at large. We’ll be voting to elect the co-chairs of this new committee at our next Council meeting on Wednesday, July 10th at 7pm. I hope to see you there! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈 Happy Pride!! #councilupdates #silverlakeneighborhoodcouncil #losangeles #lgbtqia #lgbt #lgbtq #empowerment #politics #localgovernment #maebeagirl #dragqueen #trans #nonbinary #visibility #inclusion #democracy #pride #lapride
Meow 🐆 📸 @abiegemini @exposuredrag #leopard #girl #maebeagirl #dragqueen #woman
Did y’all know I joined the @losfelizchessclub ??? Every Sunday at @lyrichyperion 4-6pm 📸 @chloeniks #chess #chessclub #losfelizchessclub #checkmate #ilost #thistime #queen #thequeenalwayswins #exceptthistime #dragqueen #rook #bishop #knight #silverlake #losangeles
Drag Con was a whirlwind. See you next year. 📸 @chloeniks #dragcon #la #dtla #queens #dragqueens #dragqueen #crosswalk
We’re having a fabulous time at Not Your Standard Bingo at @thestandard DTLA —if you can’t join us tonight catch us next month! #notyourstandardbingo #dragbingo #standarddtla #standardhotel #dragqueens #dragqueen #women #dtla
Had too much fun hosting Madonna night at @exposuredrag #youmightbemyluckystar #cmon #madonna #dragqueen #herbirthday #notmine #maebeagirl #maebeadonna #queen #losangeles
If you’re a soho house gal c’mon out to drag bingo every month 👌👌👌 #Dragbingo #sohohouse #weho #dragqueens #dragqueen #maebeagirl #bingo #bingowashernameo
Relaxing after drag brunch 🌈👌 @wigsandwaffles at @thestandard DTLA #wigsandwaffles #dragbrunch #dragqueens #dragqueen #people #queens #dtla #losangeles
Backstage at @exposuredrag with one of my favorites @nayla_muse a true queen 👑 #backstage #backstagepasses #queens #women #girls #dragqueens #dragqueen #exposuredrag #caliente🔥
COUNCIL UPDATES!! I’m enjoying some needed sustenance after attending a heated, yet respectful Homelessness Liaisons Meeting at City Hall this evening. It was essentially a presentation by city and county officials on the state of our endeavors to alleviate homelessness in LA, aka Measure H and Proposition HHH. The timing of the meeting was significant as earlier today, LA City Council voted UNANIMOUSLY to reinstate LA Municipal Code 85.02, which bans overnight sleeping in cars in nearly every corner of the city, effectively CRIMINALIZING the impoverished and exacerbating the homelessness crisis in LA. Many, many people are living in their cars and are one ticket away from getting towed and losing all of their possessions. It is so much safer for homeless individuals to sleep in their cars than on the streets. However, the City disregarded that today, and instead of voting to decriminalize homelessness, they added another obstacle that homeless people must face. Then they told us about all the great work they’re doing at tonight’s meeting. Never forget that the People hold the Power, and if every one us stands up and says something, real change is possible. 🌈✌️ #councilupdates #slnc #silverlakeneighborhoodcouncil #homelessness #liaison #endhomelessness #losangeles #maebeagirl #maebeagirl2020 #powertothepeople #decriminalizepoverty
It’s my birthday! I’m grateful for all the blessings I received at 32, and I can’t wait to see what 33 brings!! For my birthday, please consider making a donation to my Congressional campaign. Link in bio 😉 And come celebrate with us today at @wigsandwaffles drag brunch at @thestandard DTLA at Noon! 🥂pic by @hollertown #birthdaygirl #maebeagirlforcongress #maebe2020 #voteyesonmaebe #genderfluid #dragqueen #california #congress #hausofrepresentatives
Some shots from Queen Kong last Friday with @exposuredrag thanks for the pics @chloeniks and don’t miss the show before it ends in a few weeks! Hosted by @bouletbrothers at @precinctdtla every Friday through 8/2. 🌈#queenkong #dragshow #queer #party #dtla #dragqueen #drag #performer #genderfluid #woman #faces
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"Drag is inherently political, and that's sort of interesting [because] even though I'm a political queen, every queen is technically a political queen. Because just the act of going out dressed in away that is gender non-conforming is making a political and social statement," Maebe added.

Two of her big priorities on the council are LGBTQIA issues as well as homelessness, as she sees that the two often go hand-in-hand. In LA, she explained that 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBTQIA people. 

Maebe A. Girl is looking to move up in the political space, however, and is running for Congress in March 2020.

"My platform has three parts to it: to protect, to advocate and to legislate. To protect minorities, to protect women, immigrants, to protect immigrants, to protect the environment, to advocate for diversity, inclusion and representation and to legislate for progressive action." 

You can learn more about her campaign here and watch her in this week's episode of Behind the Drag. 

Check out last week's featured drag queen Baby Love here and check her out on Instagram below!

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Sharing photos @hunterabrams took with assistance from @newyorkgazelle for @bienendavis. I never thought I would be modeling anything!!! Thank you, dolls 🏳️‍🌈💕 . . . . . . . . . #nyc #instagay #nydrag #instagood #me #love #photooftheday #drag #dragqueen #rpdr #rupaulsdragrace # #brooklyndrag #pride #makeup #pridemonth #worldpride #worldpridenyc
Living my @trishapaytas fantasy for the Oscar nominated song “A Star is Born” sung by @ladygaga, otherwise known as Stephanie Summers Martinelli. Thanks for the vid @maryconnyc
No money, no family, Ursula in the middle of Miami. Love this shot @gayletter posted by @lexysviews from the @bknightlifeawards. 💕💙
@thecut covering @harajuku.nyc’s @metgaylabk! 🏕💕 “Camp is satire, self-aware, and caricature. My look is like Glinda the Good Witch’s niece going to cotillion in Munchkin Land. I wanted to be bright and take up as much space as possible. The Met Gayla is a space for young queer people to access the ‘high glamour’ feeling of the Met Gala that’s not accessible to us. It’s an opportunity to extravagantly express your point of view.” 📸 @chris_shonting 💕 Gown customized by @lemon_chiffon_
Hope she got everything I’m not... #tbt
GAME OF THRONES CAPTION!! 🐉🔥 📸 @colalovesyou . . . . . . . #THESEAREFORATTENTION #drag #dragqueen #brooklyndrag #instagay #gayig #rupaulsdragrace #gaybrooklyn #gaynyc #mua #makeup #malemua #nycdrag #novababe #thicc #rpdr #rpdr11 #dragnyc #newyorkdrag #instadrag #dragmakeup #dragcon #lgbt #servingwowlooks #gameofthrones #got
PEPSI, for those who think young 😉
⚡️✨DUMBLEDORE VIBES✨⚡️ last night for the second anniversary of Fake Nudes! 💕
Make that money, don’t let it make you. 💸💅🏼
Pull up to my bumper...baby 💕💕💕 📸 @gayletter
Baby from the planet Zorp 💕 . . . . . . . #drag #dragqueen #brooklyndrag #instagay #gayig #rupaulsdragrace #gaybrooklyn #gaynyc #mua #makeup #nycdrag #novababe #allstars4 #rpdr
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