U.S. Postal Service will consider printing drag queen stamps

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An artist's rendering of proposed postage stamps honoring drag icons José Julio Sarria, Marsha P. Johnson, and Sylvia Rivera. Illustrations: Thomas Haller Buchanan

It’s a good thing postage stamps don’t need to be licked anymore, because if a postal service stamp advisory panel gets its way, letter-writers will be licking pictures of transvestites by 2023.

The Bay Area Reporter reports that the panel is considering issuing stamps honoring three deceased drag queens who have heroic status in the homosexual community. if the stamps are approved – and who thinks they will not be? – the trio of lovelies would be the first drag performers to be honored in such a manner.

Or foisted upon the American public, depending on how you want to look at it.

The heroic Americans being considered by the U.S. Postal Service’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee are José Julio Sarria, Marsha P. Johnson, and Sylvia Rivera, according to a Dec. 9 letter the federal agency sent to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

The 11-member board became the first elected body to officially endorse the postage effort, and did so on the last day of LGBTQ History Month in October.

In the letter thanking the supervisors for their resolution, the federal agency disclosed that the advisory committee would decide on issuing the stamps for the drag performers in 2023 or a year later. The advisory panel recommends ideas for stamps, but it is up to the U.S. postmaster general to make the final call.

“Currently, stamps for 2023 and subsequent years are being considered. I understand that the Committee wiil (sic) be considering proposals to issue stamps honoring Jose Julio Sarria, Marsha P. Johnson, and Sylvia Rivera,” wrote Nadine Munson, the postal service’s government relations correspondence manager. “If they do not receive approval for issuance in the future, the announcement will be made publicly, in keeping with our standard practice. The Board of Supervisors’ support for this subject is being included in the Committee’s files.”

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