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Marti Gould Cummings: Meet the Drag Queen Running for NYC Council

‘This Is My Calling’: Meet the Drag Queen Running for NYC Council

Marti Gould Cummings is ready to serve looks while serving their city.

BY NICO LANG

SEPTEMBER 05 2019 8:37 AM EDT

Marti Gould Cummings is trying not to swear but just can’t help it.

“When I win, it’s going to be a really fucking awesome feeling,” she tells Out. “I believe this is my calling. I believe this is what I am put on this earth to do — to not only be a drag queen who’s funny, silly, and entertaining, but somebody who took that platform and used it for something bigger. I’m really nervous, scared, and excited and ready to do the work.”

On Thursday, Cummings is officially throwing their hat in the ring for the New York City Council, where they hope to represent Manhattan’s District 7. Although the 51-person board currently boasts a plethora of LGBTQ+ representation, including Speaker Corey Johnson, many of those politicians are term-limited. Cummings, a longtime activist and performer in the city, said their candidacy is critical to ensure that LGBTQ+ keep their seat at the table.

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