The Drag Race U.K. queens-turned-London flatmates have partnered with Bluebella, a British lingerie brand, to model its new Pride collection and bring attention to discriminatory laws in sovereign countries of the British Commonwealth.
Ads for the Pride collection see Tayce (the “Trade Minister” of Drag Race U.K. Season 2, in case you forgot) and A’Whora strut their stuff in rainbow-hued bras, undies, and harnesses. And that’s not even the best part: Bluebella will donate 10% of all profits from the collection to Kaleidoscope Trust, a London-based nonprofit that advocates for pro-LGBTQ policies around the world with British and international institutions.
As Gay Times notes, being gay is technically illegal in 35 of the 54 sovereign Commonwealth nations, including Jamaica, Barbados, and Malaysia. Although these discriminatory laws are holdovers from colonial-era penal codes, they are still weaponized today to punish or imprison LGBTQ people. Two Commonwealth countries, Brunei and Northern Nigeria, even have death penalties for homosexuality.
In a statement, Tayce said it is “appalling” that the majority of Commonwealth countries still criminalize homosexuality.
“We are campaigning to apply pressure on those 35 countries to repeal these oppressive laws which thwart lives, perpetuate misery, and exacerbate the impacts of the HIV/AIDS crisis,” the Season 2 runner-up added.
teamed up with @Bluebella for their pride campaign with @awhoraofficial to really show off their new fabulous pride collection! This is the lumi set in blue. 10% of all profits will go to the kaleidoscope trust who are always fighting for equality for our community ️️⚧️ pic.twitter.com/o7J4Nmnw09
— hound (@its_tayce) April 27, 2021
It’s a shame we never got to see Tayce and A’Whora sneak in a cheeky snog on the Drag Race U.K. mainstage, but hey, this is the next best thing.