Michelle Visage pays emotional tribute to LGBT+ community before voguing on Strictly
Michelle Visage held back tears as she spoke movingly about being embraced by the LGBT+ community before dancing to Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ on last night’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Visage is a gay icon for her work as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Before performing to Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ in Blackpool on November 16, the 51-year-old opened up about her insecurities and her relationship with the LGBT+ community.
In a piece to camera, the star said, “It’s less about the song and more about what Voguing has meant to me as a teenager who kind of had no place in New York City and was taken in by the gay community.
“I knew for the first time, that I had found my family. I knew that I was there and I knew that I was home.
One last thing tonight, what Michelle did on BBC Strictly was bigger than the spectacle of the show itself. I believe she fell on her sword for something that meant the world to her. The LGBTQIA community has a forever love affair with her and that will never be taken away. TY!
— David Case (@ReadDavidCase) November 17, 2019
“And I wasn’t alone, I wasn’t questioned for who I was, or what I looked like or if I wasn’t cool enough or skinny enough, I was just me and they loved me for me.
“This couple’s choice dance, I want to dedicate to the community that’s been there for me from the beginning. I will never leave you just as you’ve never left me.”
A lot of people probably didn’t understand the significance of what @michellevisage & @pernicegiovann1 did and it might cost some votes, but it wasn’t for them & wasn’t about getting the highest score. Thank you Michelle for always fighting for our LGBT community. ?️? #Strictly
— Elizabeth ⚡ (@strengthtodream) November 16, 2019
Visage also thanked her family, including her daughter Lillie who came out a few years ago.
“To my beautiful daughter Lillie, I love you for who you are. My beautiful daughter Lola you are just incredible, my husband is a gem,” she said.
Visage added: “This song goes out to everybody but this dance is for the mother’s out there who fight for their kids and the community out there that’s fought for each other. I love you.”
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What @michellevisage did last night was bigger than #Strictly Anyone who dismisses it is also dismissing an entire culture in their ignorance. Michelle once again stood up for & shone a light on the #LGBTQA+ community and she did us proud. Thank you! We will love you forever!
— Katie GB (@KatieGrovesBond) November 17, 2019
Michelle’s daughter Lillie also sent a video message for the episode, saying: “I am just incredibly lucky to have a mom like her in terms of acceptance.
“I have only been out for a few years so she’s been doing this fight long before me and she’ll be doing it long after.”