Most people know Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as being a fan of a tax rate that would see those at the top pay their fair share. But you know what else she really loves? RuPaul’s Drag Race queen Valentina.
Not only has the U.S. representative tweeted about the queen’s incredible performance of just *being* Valentina, she’s also crowned her (along with fellow queen Latrice Royale) as the queen of confessionals.
I thought Eartha Kitt was an amazing choice. But her deliberation performance? Increíble. Almost had a heart attack during elimination.
Valentina y Shangela son las reinas de mi corazón. She and Latrice are winning the meta (in our house we crown Confessional Queens).
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 29, 2018
And while it is true that Ocasio-Cortez loves Valentina, the love goes both ways. Only a few days ago, Valentina joined Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram live broadcast and left heart emojis. Ocasio-Cortez was, in the words of Reddit and Monique Heart, gooped. Now, ahead of Valentina’s debut as Angel in Fox’s live version of RENT, she spoke to Out about why she loves the representative from New York.
“She fights for the people,” Valentina said. “She’s Latina, she overcomes adversity, she’s an example of what it means to not be what life says is a successful person and to be successful either way and to be unapologetic and do the right thing, have a good heart.”
Valentina said though she is “not a political person” but that she does feel an affinity toward Ocasio-Cortez because the art form of drag is political.
“I thank her for her hard work for fighting for people like me to have more rights and for people out there to really have more hope in our country and to hope for a better tomorrow because of people like her who fight for it.”
Valentina recently also shared with fans that she is non-binary.
“I don’t completely feel like a man, I don’t completely feel like a woman,” Valentina, who uses she pronouns, told Out in a previous interview. “I feel like a goddess. I feel like I’m my own gender.”
Ocasio-Cortez can now count both drag queens and gaymers among her fanbase. Over the weekend, the progressive icon joined a Twitch livestream that was raising money for Mermaids, a U.K. charity focusing on transgender children, to discuss trans rights.