Wearing a black dress with a bunch of purple scarves he got at Value Village and a white wig, last year at the first-ever Washington Scandals Sequins & Scrums event, Joshua Street was named Scrum Queen for performing “Poor Unfortunate Hos” as Ur-slut-a, a takeoff of the “Little Mermaid” villainess.
Street won after defeating two other Scandals members in a three-way lip sync. If you missed it, he’ll be reprising the number at this year’s event on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St., N.W.) where 10 Scandals will don drag and compete to earn the judges’ approval and collect tips and cheers from the crowd. Money given during his performance will go to Whitman-Walker Addiction Services.
Founded in 2013, the Scandals foster community and athleticism for gay men through rugby. Funds raised will go to help the team’s registration and travel expenses for the Bingham Cup in Amsterdam, a biennial, international, non-pro gay rugby tournament. On Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m., the Scandals will hold a Rugby 101 clinic at Shaw Athletic Field for potential new members to learn the basics. All details are at scandalsrfc.org or sequinsandscrums.com.
Street only did drag for this one-off event (“I don’t have the patience for the makeup”) but says it was fun and he enjoyed leading the Scandals in the Pride parade.
Street took up rugby a year and a half ago because he was “stuck in a routine of going to work, going home. Rugby was a way for me to get out and meet people and make new friends.”
He likes the sport because of the brotherhood aspect among the players.
“That and getting to hit people,” the 24-year-old Forth Worth, Texas native says.
Street came to Washington seven years ago for school at Georgetown and stayed. He works by day as a media project coordinator for United Educators.
He lives in Brookland and enjoys rugby; reading; bar hopping; spending time with his boyfriend, Joe; museums and video games in his free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
Mostly out since the beginning of college, in 2011, but newly out to family members. My brothers, I think, mostly because I hyped it up in my head that’d be difficult and painful but then they both were like, “This changes nothing but explains a lot.”
Who’s your LGBT hero?
Mark Bingham, as his legacy spawned the Bingham Cup, which now has more than 60 gay rugby teams globally. Last year we visited the Flight 93 Memorial and cleaned the property as part of the team’s community service.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
Uproar, hands down. The atmosphere, bartenders and drinks are amazing. Tammy has embraced our team, even attending our annual banquet this past December.
Describe your dream wedding.
Honestly, I’ve never considered it very much but as long as I’m marrying the man I love, all the details are superfluous. But I will be a Bridezilla, if only for the drama.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
The racism that still pervades society at an institutionalized level, which is still kind of a gay issue because of the intersectionality.
What historical outcome would you change?
Probably that slave owners were paid when slaves were “freed.” But you know, going even further back, just insisting that our founding fathers had an inherent respect and love for people who didn’t fit neatly into their squares of WASP straight, cis male.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
Anything Beyonce has done, whether it’s dropping an album in the middle of the night with no hype or putting out a visual masterpiece on the complexities of what it means to be a fully actualized black woman.
On what do you insist?
The inherent respect that comes from being a human being no matter how you may disagree with my “lifestyle choices.”
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
It was support for a friend of mine from college who’s running for Congress in Pennsylvania. She’s a black woman who’s showing the world what it means to be an active part of the resistance and how to get out and work to change something
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“What Am I Doing? My Best”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
Roll my eyes, since something like that doesn’t deal with the underlying sexist, racist, xenophobic institutions that directly punish the marginalized people of the LGBT community. It’s literally putting a Band Aid on a bullet wound and saying it’s healed.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
That there’s someone up there shaking their head at the mess we’ve made of this world and wondering if it wouldn’t be easier to start over (global warming’s real y’all).
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Listen to the most marginalized among you. Again, intersectionality is extremely important and racism is alive and well in the LGBT community.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
A Finn/Poe kiss in the next Star Wars. Or just Oscar Isaac in my bed.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
Fetishizing of cultures, like whole obsession with BBC or saying, “I’ve never been with a black guy before.” Spoiler alert, it’s just like being with anyone else, cause black people are just people.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
Not really a movie, but that one San Junipero episode of “Black Mirror,” where the gays actually get a happy ending. Anything where gays get a happy ending.
What’s the most overrated social custom?
Sticking to the status quo just because it’s easier. Nothing was ever changed by doing nothing.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
I’d love an Olympic gold medal but I get winded making my bed so that’s probably not gonna happen. Maybe a Tony. I’m a slut for musical theater.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
That no one’s opinions about your clothes, your body, your achievements, your choices matter just so long as you love yourself and don’t actively go out of your way to be a dick.
It’s a city where you can actively see change happening, for the better or for the worse, and where you can force your voice to be heard across the world.