(adjective / noun / verb)
Taking on the expression, characteristics, and stereotypes associated with gender, usually for entertainment purposes and often to expose the humorous and performative elements of gender. There is a long and divisive history of drag culture. Mainly formed in its current incarnation by Black queer folk, it has now been largely appropriated by mainstream (white) gay men. It’s still heavily debated whether it’s offensive or not. People who perform drag are generally called ‘drag queens/kings.’ Drag performers are often cisgender but not necessarily so.
e.g. The drag community has often been both a safe place and a place of challenge for trans people. Kerry is a drag performer and has been doing drag for years.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is a decentralized drag-based community advocacy group that are known for their local fundraising , protest activities, and coordinating STD testing programs. A good way to connect with your local LGBTQIA+ community is to find the closest Abbey of Sisters. While regional groups vary, they are known as a tolerant and accepting group within the queer community.
Further reading to gain expanded context:
Drag Culture Is A Major Reason We Even HAVE A Trans Community | TransGriot
7 Transgender and Non-Binary People Share How Drag Helped
Their Mental Health | Teen Vogue
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