BibleGirl666 on life in the US and quitting drag [US]
Thanks to the internet, queer life is getting more and more connected. The LGBT community has more freedom to learn about new things, artists and personalities who represent the community in a very positive and accepting way. Zack Ryan, also known as BibleGirl666, is one of those faces. Thanks to his positive, conscious, real and humorous internet presence, people get to have a good laugh and enjoy his performances. I had the opportunity and honor to ask him a couple of questions from the perspective of a young person living in an unaccepted country with very limited freedom. Read what he has to say below.
1. What does it mean to you to be a drag performer?
– To me being a drag performer is creating an atmosphere for those that cross over the threshold of a bar where they can experience a sense of escapism – in the climate of where the world stands today, I emphasize the need for a safe escape such as one of my parties or shows.
2. What do you think of the direction your drag would have taken if you were a Europe based drag queen? The UK aside, in terms of creative freedom and outspokenness.
– I feel like if I were to grow as a queen within Europe, my older more extreme drag looks a la “The Old BibleGirl” would’ve progressively evolved into a more heightened version of itself. I feel like on a grand spectrum, European drag has a love for all things out of the box, and my older aesthetics and makeup would integrate well within that specific community!
3. Speaking of, you are an extremely outspoken queen. What #Triggered you to do so?
– I would say me being outspoken was realizing leading up to and post-US election, that I could and SHOULD do so much more than post a meme or a pretty picture. The latter and being politically active/vocal are thankfully not mutually exclusive!
4. Do you feel supported by your local drag family?
– Totally! The Brooklyn drag community has been nothing short of family to me.
5. Talk to us about your businesses. You are quite the impressive entrepreneur. How hard was it for you to start your own brand (dragqueenmerch.com)?
– Thank you so much! It was a little difficult at first convincing people to join us as queens to represent since I had no preset precedents for people to have a barometer on how honest and well run of a business I could helm. Within a year and a half we gradually snowballed into what we are about 2 years after conception!
6. How do you feel about the US being the most glamorized country in the world? Since you’ve had the opportunity to experience living there, what is real and what isn’t? In terms of quality of life.
– I feel grateful for my american experience. We have many wonderful chances for opportunity and to lead our lives as we see fit! However, I have privileges which I must acknowledge, so I have not directly experienced all of the prejudice, socioeconomic and sociopolitical issues that many Americans are faced with to this day. There are still many conservative mindsets that do work towards being regressive in regard to equality for all.
7. What message do you have for all of the Southern European LGBTQ+ youth who wish to pursue drag as a career?
– Always know that you’re capable of drag in any capacity! It can be whatever you make it and want it to be. There may be a box but your drag doesn’t have to fit within it!
8. Talk to us about your new mobile game, Bible Girl’s Big Apple. Where can people download it, how did you come up with the concept?
– My boyfriend and I pieced together the idea! We’re huge Kardashian fans and love the enterprise that the family has built as a whole- I’m a huge nerd and love video games, and creating a parallel, queer answer to Kim Kardashian’s game for a market missing said concept just felt right!
9. Did you ever get any response from Instagram for deleting your account? Did they ever apologize for silencing someone’s brand just because they’re part of the LGBTQ+ community?
– Never a response, never an apology. Makes sense to me seeing as how the heteronormative, homophobic programmers out in Silicon Valley would probably rather not incriminate themselves.
*insert eyeroll here*
10. Will we ever get the long awaited, iconic EP Triggered?
– I’m cooking up a lil’ something with my friend, Theda, who is also known as Hamm Samwich (the producer of the lead single for TRIGGERED, Chinatown)!
11. Do you miss the #OldBibleGirl?
12. When was the last time you #QuitDrag?
– This morning with my cup of coffee!
You can read the MKD version here.