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Drag Queen Ambrosia Starling Is Homophobic Justice Roy Moore’s Worst Nightmare

"If it takes a drag queen to remind you that liberty and justice is for all, here I am."

When Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended for repeatedly blocking same-sex couples from applying for marriage licenses, he claimed “professed transvestite” Ambrosia Starling was behind the efforts to unseat him.

Well, Starling—a drag queen from Dothan, Alabama—might balk at being called a transvestite, but she’s glad to lead the charge for justice.

“Every bully always picks on the weakest kid in the room, and he thought that was going to be the drag queen,” she said Tuesday. “A lot of people make that mistake.”

Starling has long been involved in protests against Moore, who was previously unseated in 2003 for refusing to remove a copy of the Ten Commandments from his courthouse. Most recently she spoke at an anti-Moore rally in Birmingham this January.

“The message that I would personally like to send to Roy Moore today is that bullying and discrimination are not ’ministerial duties,'” she said, responding to Moore’s claims that judges had such a duty to deny gay couples.

“Taking people’s civil rights is not a ’ministerial duty.’ It is the duty of a judge to treat all citizens of their state and their national equally and fairly.”

Moore, 69, faces a hearing before the state’s Court of the Judiciary, where he could be removed from office.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.