How Drag Prepared Marti Allen-Cummings for the Political Stage


Even as visibility for non-binary and trans people grows in the US, the political realm is still lagging in representation — but one candidate could make history in a big way in Upper Manhattan.

Out non-binary candidate Marti Allen-Cummings, a drag queen and LGBTQ activist running to represent the 7th Council District in Manhattan Valley, Manhattanville, Morningside Heights, and Hamilton Heights, would be the first out non-binary person elected to the New York City Council. Becoming a drag performer has prepared them for all facets of politics, from organizing to identifying the issues within the community, they said. They are now ready to transfer these skills to the competitive landscape of New York City politics. 

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