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Scene: Nancy Pelosi walks into a gay bar called Nellies…

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joins the crowd at Nellie's for a RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars watch party

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee threw a RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars watch party-slash-fundraiser at Nellie’s on Thursday, March 8, with a very special featured guest in tow — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.), also a featured guest on that night’s episode.

“Back when I came out, gay bars I went to didn’t even have windows,” Nellie’s owner Doug Schantz told The Washington Post. “Who would have ever thought we should have someone like Nancy come here, and be on this show?”

“We are very saddened about some of the things that have happened in this administration in rolling back protections and opportunities and the rest,” Pelosi said to the crowd. “We are very sad that we don’t have a Congress that will reverse that.”

Scroll down for a selection of photos from the event, photographed by Ward Morrison.


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