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The problems with confusing trans and drag. Last week, my uncle, a straight man in his 60s, mentioned a show called RuPaul’s Drag Race to me. There’s no surer sign something has totally hit the cultural mainstream. He began to enthusiastically explain the show’s premise and how ‘convincing’ some of the queens he had seen were, completely unaware that I had been a committed fan of the show since 2009. What I did notice, however, is how the conversation was triggered in his mind: there was an item on television about trans women. And so we come to the problem. I wear skirts and high heels and sequins and MAC pigment eyeshadow. RuPaul himself was asked to comment on the ‘difference’ between drag queens and trans people last week. This is both historical and contemporary nonsense – drag is an art form and the artist can be a cis person, a trans person, a man or a woman or non-binary.

Drag Race created a new popularity for drag in the gay community that has become bigger than its eponymous creator. This is the crux of the issue. □□‍♀️OÙ ACHETER DES PERRUQUES ? | WIG. Resolutely fabulous: drag superstars – in pictures | Art and design. The Drag Scene That Gives the Young, LGBTQ, and Homeless Hope. Gia Marie Love, one of the stars of the new documentary Kiki. Photo courtesy of Kiki There's a lot worth pausing for, rewinding, and then watching over and over again until the electric charge of the images and the raw dialogue stay with you forever in Sara Jordenö's ballroom documentary Kiki. It's not the first time a documentary has been made about the ballroom scene appropriated by Madonna for her David Fincher–directed "Vogue" music video. In 1991, Jennie Livingston's Paris is Burning served as a time capsule for the 80s New York ballroom scene that was the inspiration for current hit TV show RuPaul's Drag Race.

A member of Toronto's Kiki scene gets low at a recent ball in the city. Long before ballroom dancers popped up on Rihanna tours and at H&M designer collaboration launches, there was Harlem's drag circuit, which held masquerade events, eventually graduating to a competitive scene throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s, reminiscent of today's ballroom culture. How dressing in drag made me uncover myself | Eric Anthony Dorsa | TEDxSanAntonio. Can't Drag Us Down: Meet London's Female Queens.