Ginger Ladd Drag Queen and Dad

S3E2: Drag Queen/Gay Dad Ginger Ladd

New York City drag queen Ginger Ladd is more than just a fabulous entertainer and actor, she is also one of the city's many gay foster parents.

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Along with her husband Mike (who goes by TheMisterLadd on Instagram) Ginger has two teenage sons through the NYC foster care system.

On this episode of GWK the Podcast, host David Dodge talks to Ginger (while she gets all made up!) about the love story of how she met her husband, how they connected with their oldest son and decided to enter the foster care system, and her real take on what it's like becoming a foster parent in New York City.

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Ginger also talks about their experience raising teenagers and being open to fostering older kids.

"There's a misconception that, should you bring someone who is a teenager into your life, you'll miss out on many of those 'young kid' moments," Ginger said. "For example, when they'd look at you and call you Mommy or Daddy, or hold your hand, or they sit right next to you unafraid of being cuddled. I'll tell you, most of the kids I've met that are teenagers need that so much, because many of them are so abused and the lost so much of their childhood."

 

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Ginger and David also discuss how she became a drag performer, how she balances her full time schedule with raising two teens, and what her boys think of her Drag persona.

"I went to say goodnight to [our son,] and he had one of my Ginger Ladd sweatshirts laid out [for school]," she explained. "I said 'Are you wearing that to school?' He said 'Yeah, I love it!'... So he came back, and I said; 'So how was school?' and he said 'I told everyone about what you do, you'll have like 20 or 30 new followers by now, they thought it was so cool, I showed everyone photos of you at lunch!' It's a different world."

This episode also kicks off with a quick note from David Dodge about the recent bill introduced in the Texas State legislature that would ban children from attending drag shows — this news dropped after we recorded with Ginger, so we reached out to get her reaction to this ridiculous development. Here's what she had to say:

"Here we go again. Yet another republican obsessed with people's genitals, and Rep. Brian Slaton is no exception. Not all drag entertainers are men who dress as women.  Drag runs the gamut from female drag queens, straight, gay, non-binary, and more. What this idiotic bill does is place Brian Slaton as Texas' official genital checker.  Mr. Slaton, are you going to infringe on the rights of Texans and check their genitals before they perform? Where does it it end?  Does this extend to circus performers, character actors for parties, Cirque du Soleil performers, the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, Texas sports mascots?  Instead of being obsessed with drag queens genitals, why not provide health care for all Texans? Address climate control? Create a path to citizenship for the thousands of hard working immigrants in your state? That would actually require work wouldn't it? Stop trying to deflect from your record of gaslighting and inefficiency. Stay out of my pants Brian Slaton... and please Sashay Away."

Learn more about Ginger's experience being a foster parent in NYC on this episode of GWK the Podcast, available below, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get podcasts.

Fellow gay dads around NYC can also see Ginger Ladd perform this Pride Month at Ginger Ladd’s Third Annual Rockaway Pride. Get tickets at rockawaypride.eventbrite.com

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Posted by Brit Smith

Brit Smith is a Staff Writer & Associate Editor at GWK. A native of London, England, Brit started her American adventure nannying and waiting tables in Texas in 2006, and eventually graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. Brit has previously written and created podcasts for WBZ NewsRadio, iHeart Media, and Different Leaf.



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