Rupaul’s Drag Race Star River Medway Calls On Young People To Be ‘Empowered By Voting’

A reality TV star from Kent has urged young people to ‘use their voice’ and vote in the general election on Thursday, 4th July.

Drag queen River Medway told ITV News: “I think it’s really important for young people to realise that their voice is valid and their voice can be heard.”

The 26-year-old performer, whose real name is Dexter Clift, has joined other drag queens in a social media campaign urging young people to take part in the democratic process.

“You have to think, I’m a part of changing something and taking control of where I live. I think some people have lost a lot of faith in that. I just want to help encourage people to know voting is so empowering.”

River Medway said: “Your vote is just as important as your neighbours and as the person that’s older than you and as the person that’s younger than you, and as the person that comes from a different background.

“Every single vote is just as important and people just have to remember that.”

The artist, who grew up in the Medway Towns, appeared in the third series of the popular TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

You must be over the age of 18 to vote in the general election. In England, those voting at polling stations on 4th July need a valid form of identification.

More information about how to vote is available of the Electoral Commission website.