We're Here

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Drag queens empower in bawdy, uplifting reality series.

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Positive Messages

Series is about empowering members of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies through drag. Offers messages of self-love and acceptance, and importance of being able to be yourself, no matter where you are. Highlights importance of being surrounded by people who support you, that even in small, conservative towns there may be folks who will. In one episode, race is also addressed. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cast is funny, but also extremely sensitive and kind to people they are working with. Members of the LGBTQ+ community and straight allies from different towns across the U.S. are featured. Some parents and children have difficult relationships, while others are very strong and supportive. A few people exhibit bigoted behavior, while others express curiosity. 

Violence

Conversations touch on some of the difficulties LGBTQ+ members experience growing up, living in small towns, being uncomfortable in their own skin. Topics like suicide are discussed. Occasionally the cast gets yelled at or insulted, and in one episode someone calls the police on them. 

Sex

Despite attempt to tone it down, there's still some bawdy innuendo, including references to "balls" and "tits." One scene features Eureka O'Hara pushing a man's head into her shaking chest. 

Language

Words like "hell," "damn," and "bitch" are frequent. The word "f--k" is dropped a few times in each episode, too. People are occasionally overheard shouting negative rhetoric from a distance. 

Consumerism

Local eateries, stores, and performance spaces are visible, but some are featured more prominently than others. Product logos (like Jack Daniels) are sometimes visible at people's homes.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

After drag shows, people sometimes socialize over a drink. Bottles of alcohol are seen at people's homes. Cigarette smoking is sometimes visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that We're Here is a reality series about the transformative power of drag, and how it helps empower LGBTQ+ members and their allies living in small towns and cities. It's a very positive show, but it also addresses some tough topics, including bigotry, rejection, isolation, and suicide. While the campiness is toned down, there's still some bawdy sexual humor. Words like "bitch" are frequently used, and "f--k" is uttered several times in each episode. Drinking is occasionally visible too. But the overall series is energetic and fun, and designed to reach out to people in the LGBTQ+ community and raise awareness among those who are not. 

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What's the story?

WE'RE HERE is an unscripted series that follows a trio of drag entertainers as they help empower members of the LGBTQ+ community living in small towns and cities across America. Former RuPaul's Drag Race contestants Bob The Drag Queen, Eureka O'Hara, and Shangela Laquifa Wadley travel to places like Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Harrisburg, New Mexico; and Branson, Missouri to put on a one-time-only live drag show. After making a colorful entrance into the area, they meet up with a handful of local residents who have agreed to be their "drag daughters" and be part of the performance. In between wig fittings and rehearsals in high heels, the drag daughters, along with their families and friends, share some of the difficult challenges they've faced as members (or allies) of the LGBTQ+ community in their small, conservative localities. But when it's time to take the stage, they perform in full drag and show off their style to a welcoming audience. 

Is it any good?

This uplifting series uses drag performance to promote messages of empowerment and acceptance to LGBTQ+ members and their allies, as well as to those who may not be as receptive. It's fun watching the professional drag queen trio work with participants to physically transform them into glitzy, glammed up, lip-syncing performing women with larger-than-life personalities. But We're Here is also a process of inner-transformation. The experience gives many participants a sense of community and safety, which bolsters their confidence and encourages them to continue being true to themselves while living in places where they feel invisible or unwelcome. The opportunity to perform in drag also offers them a chance to learn more about themselves, the LGBTQ+ community, and what tenets they want to live by going forward.

It's full of positive vibes, but it also makes room for discussions of difficult topics, like suicide and being rejected by loved ones with conservative beliefs. It doesn't let viewers forget the prejudice people in the LGBTQ+ community often face, and the isolation they feel in smaller communities. The cast even makes a point (albeit humorously) of creating a safe space where they can be themselves at each location, the need for which is underscored by some of the bigoted reactions caught on camera. But the supportive people they do meet serve as a reminder that no matter how small a place may be, it's important to look for those who will support you. These are powerful messages, but We're Here successfully delivers them with courage and heart. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means to be visible and valued in a community. How does We're Here explain the relationship between being visible and feeling self-empowered? Is this something that only impacts people in the LGBTQ+ community?  

  • Drag has been part of U.S. culture since the 1920s, yet there are many stereotypes about the people who are part of this community. How is the media challenging them?

  • If you or someone you know in the LGBTQ+ community is in crisis, go to The Trevor Project or call the TrevorLifeline at 1-866-488-7386 for support.

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