A campaign will launch in August seeking to see the U.S. Postal Service issue stamps honoring three deceased drag icons who have become heroic figures within the LGBTQ community. Under the rules for issuing commemorative stamps, the soonest the trio could be honored with their own postage would likely be in 2024.
The national effort will press for the federal agency to create postage featuring Jose Julio Sarria, Marsha P. Johnson, and Sylvia Rivera. They would be the first such stamps issued in honor of drag performers.
Six years ago the U.S. Postal Service released the first stamp to honor an American for their role in the fight for LGBT rights, which featured the late gay San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk. This week, the agency issued the first stamps to feature images of drag by including two depictions of the cartoon character Bugs Bunny in women’s clothing.