Meet America's first drag queen candidate for president | L.A. Times Studios

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Meet Terence Alan Smith, America's First Drag Queen for President. In 1992, at the height of the AIDS pandemic, activist Terence Alan Smith made a historic bid for president of the United States as his drag queen persona Joan Jett Blakk. Today, Smith reflects back on his seminal civil rights campaign and its place in American history.

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Presented by: Breakwater Studios, Hillman Grad Productions, and LA Times Studios

Starring
Terence Alan Smith
Directed & Edited by
Whitney Skauge
Executive Producer
Lena Waithe
Produced by
Caley Fox Shannon
Director of Photography
Haley Watson
Original Score by
Khamani Hagood
Re-Recording Mixer and Supervising Sound Editor
Sean Higgins
Colorist
Stephen Derluguian
Post Production Supervisor
Dillon Brown
Post Production Producer
Elizabeth Brooke
Story Producer
Sarah Stewart
Executive Producers
Abby Lynn Kang Davis
Dawn O’Keeffe
Ben Proudfoot
Rishi Rajani
Assistant Editor
Cody Wilson
Sound Designer
Alex Weiss
Scoring Mixer
Stephen Kaye
Poster and Title Designer
Brooke Granowski
Archival Footage
“The 90’s”/Fund for Innovative TV
“Drag in for Votes” / Gabriel Gomez & Elspeth Kydd
“The Brenda and Glenda Show” / Manhattan Cable TV
“Chicago Gay Pride Parade 1992” / Paul Belloni
For Breakwater Studios
Josh Rosenberg
Gabriel Berk Godoi
Rachel Greenwald
Laura Carlson
Tyler Ten Haken
Julia Davis
Keeland Bowers
Patrick Maclan
Joey Lambert
Special Thanks
David C. Magdael and Associates, Inc.
ID PR
Craig ‘Cowboy Aines
Alex Austin
Bianca Collins
Grace Zahrah
Hannah Ausländer
Jeremy Lambert
Tiffany Gist


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