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New and unscripted HBO series We’re Here stars renowned drag queens Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela Laquifa Wadley.

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‘We’re Here’ stars Bob the Drag Queen, Shangela Laquifa Wadley and Eureka O’Hara. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF HBO GO

Filipinos are in for a drag treat as all six episodes of the brand-new, unscripted HBO original series We’re Here, are now available for viewing on HBO Go. Having debuted on 1 September, the Emmy-nominated reality series recruits local residents across small-town America to participate in a one-night-only drag performance. In each episode, renowned drag queens and former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela Laquifa Wadley visit a different small town to inspire and teach their own “drag daughters” to step outside their comfort zone for a night of no-holds-barred, full-on drag.

In the first episode, the three queens arrive in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to put on a one-night-only drag show featuring locals in need of a little support and empowerment, including Hunter, a young, gay make-up artist yearning for a deeper connection with his father; Darryl, a local college admissions officer hoping to tell a story of race in the United States while being an effective ally to the LGBTQ+ community; and Erica, a conservative Christian mother eager to reconnect with her estranged daughter Hailey, who recently came out as bisexual.

Then, Bob, Eureka and Shangela head west to Twin Falls, Idaho, a conservative, predominately Mormon community in Magic Valley, for the second episode. There, they meet Michael, Owen and Amelia, a group of local drag artists who need help forming a community. In order to do just that, the queens work with Clifton, a young, straight musician trying to make amends for his past by testing his definition of masculinity; and Brandon, a transgender man, and his wife, Mikayla, high school sweethearts from religious families, who are looking for the wedding experience they didn’t have the first time around.

The queens travel through small-town America to help and inspire locals.

In Branson, Missouri, a wholesome showbiz town smack in the middle of the Bible Belt, the queens help three locals struggling to be their true selves in a community that prides itself on its traditional, religious values. Among them are Tanner, a young actor questioning whether it’s possible for him to be both Christian and gay; Charles, a classically-trained dancer who wants to show that he’s not just out, but proud; and Chris, a father grappling with mental health issues and who is determined to embrace his emotions for the sake of his daughter.

In the fourth episode, the queens journey into the desert to help the residents of Farmington and Shiprock, New Mexico, foster unity and open-mindedness. In the process, they enlist Nate, a gay, indigenous photographer eager to make a deeper connection with his Navajo people; Nicole, a proud lesbian public defender and local LGBTQ+ activist who’s constantly misgendered because she wears “men’s” clothes; and Stacey and Jasmine, a mother-daughter duo processing the traumatic suicide of their beloved daughter and sister DJ, who struggled with not feeling accepted as a lesbian in her community.

Bob, Eureka, and Shangela head south to Ruston, Louisiana, to shake things up for a small town that’s in need of some change. Among their drag children are Jose, a young gay man tired of censoring himself in order to gain respect and acceptance from others; lifelong Ruston resident Stacy, an ex-firefighter and straight ally dedicated to using his influence to make his LGBTQ+ community members feel welcome; and Lynn, a tenacious, proud lesbian who, despite the loss of her left arm and leg, is ready to reclaim her independence and dust off her old cowboy boots for her drag king debut.

Shangela Laquifa Wadley. / PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF HBO GO

When Covid-19 disrupted production schedule, the queens did what they do best: They made it work. The season finale, “Spartanburg, We Make It Werk,” features some never-before-seen performances. Bob, Eureka and Shangela, reflect from the comfort of their homes, on how drag changed and even saved their lives. As the queens explore We’re Here’s impact, they shed new light on the life-changing experiences they’ve had traveling across the country and meeting local LGBTQ+ community members.

We’re Here is created and executive-produced by Stephen Warren and Johnnie Ingram; directed and executive-produced by Peter LoGreco; executive-produced by Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman for Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation. Caldwell Tidicue (Bob the Drag Queen), David Huggard (Eureka O’Hara) and D.J. Pierce (Shangela Laquifa Wadley) serve as consulting producers.

The HBO Go app can be downloaded at the App Store or Play Store on your device. One can also access HBO Go via Cignal, Globe and Skycable or at www.hbogoasia.ph/. HBO Go can be accessed via Android TV, Apple TV, LG TV and Samsung Smart TV, and comes with AirPlay and Google Cast functionality.

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