G. “Maebe A. Girl” Pudlo, a progressive Democrat and drag queen who identifies as transgender non-binary, is challenging Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California during the 2022 election.
Girl received a bit less than 13% of the primary vote, coming in a distant second to Schiff who earned more than 62% — the two will face off during the general election later this year.
“I think there’s been overemphasis on the fact that I’m a drag queen and an under-emphasis on the fact that I’m a trans person,” Girl said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Drag is what I do, trans is who I am. And I’m not running to be a drag queen in Congress. I’m running to be a trans representative. I’m running to be a representative for all the people in my district. But I specifically want to be able to be a voice for trans people.”
“And I think that if there’s any place where a progressive, especially a trans nonbinary person can get elected, it’s Los Angeles,” Girl said, according to NBC News.
“We’re not asking for special rights. We’re asking for equality and respect,” Girl said, according to the outlet. “We’re asking to use the bathroom. We’re asking to use the locker room. We’re asking to play sports. We’re not asking for special privileges … We’re going to continue to get louder and prouder and more visible and there’s no way we’re going back into the closet.”
Girl, board treasurer and at-large representative for the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, is a left-wing candidate who supports policies such as free college, universal healthcare, and abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“Green New Deal? Medicare for All?? Free College??? Universal Basic Income???? Who’s going to pay for all this?” Girl’s campaign website reads. “As a proponent of Modern Monetary Theory, I understand that as a financially-sovereign, fiat state, the US does not need to raise taxes to fund basic and essential services for everyone. Healthcare, housing, and education are all human rights.”