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- TL WITT, SARA SWATY ROGER, MAXI GLAMOUR
- Ever the advocate, Glamour is a member of the Satanic Temple activist group.
Maxi-mizing Their Impact
Today, Glamour is seemingly the busiest entertainer of their kind in St. Louis, and a big part of that is Qu'art (pronounced like a quart of milk), an organization they founded in 2014 aiming to promote diversity and inclusivity of queer artists. Qu'art's projects and festivals, which blend intersectional and multidisciplinary queer artists on the Crack Fox stage, draw applicants from across the nation.
Then there are the smaller, community-focused activities, including cleaning up the city in drag and the monthly queer round table where people meet to discuss problems affecting the LGBTQ community. October's topic, for instance, was making social advocacy more accessible to rural Americans.
While attending RuPaul's DragCon LA this past May, Glamour was surprised to meet artists familiar with their organization, even if those artists had yet to hear of Glamour. "When I was in LA and met people who mentioned Qu'art when I said I was from St. Louis, it validated the entire thing," Glamour says. (By the time Glamour attended DragCon NYC in September, they were an A-lister, hobnobbing backstage with RuPaul's family).
Among Glamour's most intriguing projects is their monthly event Devil's Cabaret, which they describe as "Satanic, dark, hedonistic, self-loving, sideshow drag, aerial, focusing on the darker side of reality. Eroticism as an art form. Take it in. Use it."
Glamour calls themself a satanist, a detail that has inflamed their army of "traditional values" detractors — especially around Drag Queen Storytime, an event in which drag queens read to children at the St. Louis Public Library.
The anti-LGBTQ group Missouri Mass Resistance seems to consider Glamour their top nemesis, and a member posted the following to Facebook, along with a fabulously insane photo of the blue-faced Glamour with a massive, ratted-out blue wig:
"THIS is the St. Louis drag queen who 'performed' last Saturday, September 28th, at the Schlafly branch St. Louis Public Library. He is a well known SATANIST who is reading to little, little children in a public library. The children are being psychologically damaged at such a young age, this should be a crime!"
With Missouri Mass Resistance vowing to protest Glamour, extra precautions were taken to ensure their comfort and safety. Glamour was handled like a head of state, — or a superstar.
"The library made me feel so comfortable and protected," Glamour says. "Becky from Carpenter branch picked me up with a security team and escorted me into the facility, driving me through a gated garage. It was lovely."
After the event, Glamour requested to be driven past the protesters. Only about ten had shown up, and only a few remained. "I saw like five people that were sad and clearly misled. They were staring off in the distance with pathetic signs that said 'one man and one woman' and all that. There were a few counter protestors, and some I recognized their faces from the Occupy Wall Street days."
During my interviews I learned that Glamour is actually an atheist. When asked about their thoughts on Satan, they replied, "It's to shock people. He's not really real."
They are a member of the Satanic Temple, which they say is for people with similar views. "It's an activist organization fighting for the separation of church and state — many people in the queer community, including myself, were physically, emotionally and mentally abused by the church."