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Marti Gould Cummings

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Marti Gould Cummings
Born1988 (age 32–33)[1]
Kennedyville, Maryland[2]
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
Drag queen
📆 Years active  2010–present

Marti Gould Cummings, is an American drag queen, politician, singer, and comedian who lives in New York City. Known for founding the Hells Kitchen Democrats[3], Cummings created their drag persona in 2007 when performing in the Drama Desk nominated musical Twist. Since then, they have starred in and produced the reality show Shade: Queens of NYC, and drawn viral attention with their Baby Shark video[4][2] which led to the release of a 2019TEDx Talk on cyber bullying.[5]

Cummings was one of the inaugural members of New York's Nightlife Advisory Board and is currently a candidate for New York City Council, District 7.[1][6]

Personal Life[edit]

Cummings is from Kennedyville, Maryland, and grew up at Woodland Hall.[2] Cummings moved to New York City in 2005 to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.[7][8]

They are married to composer and musical director Blake Allen.[9]

Drag Career[edit]

Cummings won the 2019 GLAM AWARD for Entertainer of the Year, and in 2018 won the Ali Forney Center Luminary Award and appeared on the Out Magazine OUT100.[9][10][11]

In 2017, Cummings starred in and produced the television reality series Shade: Queens of NYC on Fusion TV.[12] The same year they released their first album, A Very Marti Holiday, produced with husband Allen and featuring Cady Huffman, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Lesli Margherita.[13]

Cummings' influences include Justin Vivian Bond, Dina Martina, Sherry Vine, Varla Jean Merman, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.[7] They have participated in performing arts outreach such as "Broadway Speaks OUT" and Drag Queen Story Hour.[2]

External links[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Masters, Jeffrey (24 March 2020). "Marti Cummings Just Might Make Drag and Nonbinary History". The Advocate. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Kacala, Alexander (18 March 2019). "Drag queen performs 'Baby Shark' at toddler's request, and Twitter applauds". NBC News. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  3. Kilgannon, Corey (2017-09-15). "End of an Era for New York's Oldest Political Club". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-11-02.
  4. "Drag Star Marti Gould Cummings' Performance of 'Baby Shark' for a Toddler Goes Viral: Watch". Billboard. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 2019-11-02.
  5. http://# (2019-10-15). "Marti Gould Cummings' TEDx Talk-How This Performer Has Launched A Political Revolution Courtesy Of One Viral Moment". Instinct Magazine. Retrieved 2019-11-02.
  6. "Drag artist Marti Gould Allen-Cummings announces City Council bid". www.amny.com. 5 September 2019. Retrieved 2019-11-02.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Fitzharris, Dustin (12 August 2010). "Need to Know: Marti Gould Cummings". Out Magazine. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  8. "AMDA - AMDA News - Cabaret and Charity with Marti Gould Cummings". www.amda.edu. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Garfield Center's 2019 Annual Gala Fundraiser; Broadway by the River". ChesaDel Crier. 25 March 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  10. "Marti Gould Cummings". Ali Forney. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  11. "OUT100: Marti Gould Cummings, Drag Queen, Politician". www.out.com. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  12. Goldberg, David (5 December 2017). "Drag queen Marti Gould Cummings talks Shade: Queens of NYC and local politics". Time Out New York. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  13. Gans, Andrew (31 October 2017). "Lesli Margherita, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Cady Huffman Featured on A Very Marti Holiday Album". Playbill. Retrieved 23 July 2020.

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