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Legendary Drag Queen Jackie Cox to Emcee the 12th Annual StartOut Awards

Roll Call! She’s Jackie! We’re gagged to announce that Drag Race icon Jackie Cox will host the upcoming StartOut Awards in New York City on October 12th!

Jackie is best known as one of the top 4 contestants from Season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. She was the first queen of Iranian descent to appear on the show, making history when she appeared in a hijab on the runway. In her hometown of NYC, Jackie has long been a feature of the theatrical cabaret scene and recently completed a world tour of her show JackieVision, which featured her take on the hit song “Agatha All Along” and was showcased on the Disney+ show “This is Me: A Pride Celebration Spectacular.” She also recently was part of the workshop for “DRAG: The Musical” in Hollywood and was seen as Miss Lynch & Teen Angel in “Grease” at the Carpenter Center in Long Beach.

“The fabulous StartOut Awards will now be even more fabulous thanks to Jackie Cox joining the party.” StartOut CEO Brian Richardson spilled the tea, saying, “Drag Queens are the quintessential LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs, so we’re thrilled to have an icon like Jackie Cox honor today’s top queer trailblazers. In a world where drag performers face a new level of shade, it is our time to shine with love, unity, and unwavering support for every part of our diverse community.”

In addition to Drag Race, Jackie has appeared in a recurring role on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” & Peacock’s “Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem,” in ABC’s “What Would You Do?”, in Fusion’s “Shade: Queens of NYC,” as well as numerous appearances on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” winning the title of “Real Queen of Beverly Hills” for her impersonation of TV personality and Depends undergarment spokeswoman, Lisa Rinna. 

For more information on the 12th StartOut Awards and our 2023 awardees, visit our website.
Are you interested in attending in person? Purchase tickets for October 12th here!

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