The Beauty President Is a Compelling Story About the First Drag Queen Who Ran For President

The Beauty President Is a Compelling Story About the First Drag Queen Who Ran For President
In 1992, Joan Jett Blakk made a bid for the White House as the first openly queer person to run for US president. As a write-in candidate, Blakk went up against Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush, and although Clinton got inaugurated in the end, Blakk's name will forever be cemented in US history. Blakk is the drag persona of activist Terence Smith, and Smith's story is being revisited once again in Whitney Skauge's documentary short The Beauty President, which is being shown at this year's Outfest Fusion Film Festival after it originally premiered at SXSW.

Through footage from his campaign trail and a charming present-day interview, Smith reflects on what it was like to come out during a time of political unrest and the height of the AIDS crisis. He also makes it clear that despite his presidential bid, his intentions were never to actually become president. Instead,
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