Cyndi Lauper gives a shout-out to drag performers and their role in the LGBTQ+ rights movement in the new YouTube series We Stan!, which will feature fan-favorite queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race talking with musical icons.
Discussing the Stonewall Uprisings with Trinity the Tuck, Lauper says, “The first people who fought back were the drag queens. And drag performers and drag queens, they deserve some respect. Stonewall was the start of Pride.”
In the series, from World of Wonder and Legacy Recordings, top musicians will talk about their love for the LGBTQ+ community, Pride, and their legendary careers. The queens will re-create the musicians’ signature looks; in the Lauper episode, Trinity the Tuck wears a dress she made by hand that is a replica of the one Lauper wore in her first headlining gig at Madison Square Garden, in 1986.
“Pride is about you gotta feel good about yourself,” Lauper continues in a preview clip. “You gotta celebrate. What’s not right is to make someone feel horrible about themselves because they’re different, whether it’s the color of your skin or where you’re from or how you dress or who you love. Hey, it’s love!”
We Stan! will run on World of Wonder’s YouTube channel, WOWPresents, and Lauper’s episode will drop Tuesday. Others who will appear on the series include Kesha and Drag Race queen Jan Sport.
In honor of the 1969 uprising at New York’s Stonewall Inn, which helped launch the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement, each episode will raise awareness for a different charitable organization selected by the featured artist and give fans a chance to donate. The new series follows World of Wonder’s livestreamed concert event in partnership with the Stonewall Gives Back Initiative, which benefited the LGBTQ+ nightlife industry affected by COVID-19 and featured top artists including Betty Who, Kristin Chenoweth, MUNA, Todrick Hall, and Troye Sivan.