Shea Couleé has a message for Elizabeth Warren: Shantay, you stay.
The RuPaul’s Drag Race alum tweeted their support for the Massachusetts Senator’s presidential campaign ahead of a Thursday LGBTQ+ Town Hall event hosted by CNN and the Human Rights Campaign. In a statement, Couleé claimed Warren’s campaign has resonated with them as a “Queer, black, nonbinary millennial.”
“In the traditional sense, we couldn’t be more opposite,” they said. “Yet we are two people who believe in achieving the same type of America that values us all on an equal level.”
Couleé is the most recent reality star to come out in support of Warren’s campaign in recent days. Queer Eye fashion expert Jonathan Van Ness, who also identifies as nonbinary but uses he/him pronouns, said he knew he was endorsing her campaign after misplacing his HIV medication.
“It cost $3500 to replace them out of pocket with ‘amazing’ plantinum [sic] level insurance,” said Van Ness, who opened up about living with HIV in a New York Times interview last month, in a tweet.
“Healthcare shouldn’t be for profit ever,” he added, “it’s a human right.”
While Couleé didn’t spotlight any particular policy of Warren’s that resonated with them, the performer called her a “shining example of the heart that is the thread of the American fabric.” Couleé added, “I would be honored to have her as the next POTUS.”
Prior to Thursday’s Town Hall event, Warren joined candidates Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris in releasing LGBTQ+ rights platforms. Her 12-page platform called to allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood, reverse the transgender military ban, and tackle the nationwide epidemic of violence against trans women of color, among numerous other policies.
Warren is currently locked in a virtual tie for first place in the Democratic primary with former Vice President Joe Biden.