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In March 2023, Tennessee’s governor signed a pioneering bill restricting drag shows, part of a wave of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation across the country. Though a federal judge ruled the law unconstitutional a few months later, it ignited widespread anti-drag sentiment, impacting small towns like Murfreesboro. Just weeks later, HBO’s “We’re Here” brought its fourth season to Murfreesboro, showcasing the queer community and the healing power of drag. The new hosts — Sasha Velour, Priyanka, and Jaida Essence Hall (with Latrice Royale joining for the final episodes) — arrived in full regalia to coach local queer people and allies for a drag showcase. This season also spans Oklahoma, another major battleground for LGBTQ+ rights. Unlike previous seasons, the queens spend weeks getting to know the small communities their “drag daughters” call home, staging a series of smaller drag shows regardless of local opposition. In Tennessee, Velour mentors Norm, a longtime LGBTQ+ advocate and part-time performer from Murfreesboro who feels responsible for the town’s Pride cancellation. In Oklahoma, Velour helps Jess, a recently out transgender woman. Through deep conversations and heartfelt performances, the queens and their protégés deliver powerful messages of resilience, hope, and support, standing proudly together at the end of each show.