Emi Grate

Drag Artist


Emi Grate is a Brooklyn-based multimedia queer artist, event producer and community organizer, best known for her work in drag. She is originally from Mandalay, Myanmar, where she lived for the first 18 years of her life. She came to the US in 2011 for college, and was granted asylum in 2020 as an LGBT person fleeing persecution. The subject matter of her work lies at the intersection of being queer, being a migrant, being Asian and being an artist. She is the producer and curator of A+ the Pan-Asian Drag Revue. She was crowned Mr(s) BK 2018 and Miss Brooklyn Pride 2020.


Myanmar: All Quiet on The Western Front

Examining Western media’s surprising lack of coverage of the fight for democracy in Myanmar. by Emi Grate.

Brooklyn Pride 2019 Was Invaded by Bible-Thumpers

Families attended Brooklyn’s family-friendly street fair before the dusk march, but so did a bunch of Bible-wielding men that were telling everyone that homosexuality is sin…

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