GLAAD’s 2023 Excellence in Media Award recipient Maren Morris is showing the world what it means to be an ally. On Wednesday, June 7th, Morris posed in Willie Nelson drag on the cover of Billboard alongside drag queens and kings Eureka O’Hara, Landon Cider, Sasha Colby, and Symone.
At a time where the art of drag is under attack, country music star and longtime ally Maren Morris took to a leading national music outlet to send a message that drag is not going anywhere.
Additionally, Morris moderated a roundtable discussion with the four “drag luminaries” to discuss the art as well as the anti-LGBTQ legislation sweeping the nation. Watch the full conversation here:
She went on to talk about how important it is to her to make LGBTQ people feel accepted in the country music scene. “When I was a guest judge on Drag Race, I did feel like I just wanted to speak from my heart and apologize [for country music’s treatment of the LGBTQ community] as an artist that comes from the genre. I felt like country music in some ways gets overlooked in that community because they rightfully assume it’s not a welcoming community. No “sorry” is going to undo the decades of harm that the country music industry has done to LGBTQ people in terms of representation. I was trying to say that there’s a lot of good people in this genre, and I hope that you don’t write it off forever because of what some artists said on their stage.”
Watch Morris’s acceptance speech at the 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards: