Research Paper On Drag

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My basic understanding of drag and gender in entertainment started my freshman year of high school. The first time I was exposed to drag was watching the Rocky Horror Picture Show, starring Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon. I will never forget dancing to the Time Warp with my mom and experiencing unorthodox gender norms for the first time. It was not until my first year of college when I started to learn more about drag. During the spring semester of my freshman year, my friend and I would watch RuPaul’s Drag Race in her apartment waiting to go to class. When we watched RuPaul, we did not just watch the current season, we would be watching as many seasons as possible, so I would be able to catch up and know all of the popular Queens. The first Queen that I fell in love with on RuPaul’s was Raven, the runner up from season two, or as I like to say, the real winner of season two. The more I started getting into the show, my desire to see the Queens in person grew.…show more content…
The first Queen that I was able to see in person was Katya, from season seven, at Pulse Nightclub. After watching Katya’s performance, I knew that there was no turning back from loving the drag scene. As time passed, I would attend different shows at Parliament House to see more queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race, such as Naomi Smalls, Thorgy Thor, and Bob the Drag Queen. When attending the shows, watching the Queens and other onlookers around the club express themselves; it helped me realize how much I appreciate the art and how it has allowed people to be true to themselves and their identity. The understanding of gender identity that the LGBTQ+ community and drag community present has taught me so much about the person who I want to be when I become an adult in the real world. The amount of love and respect that is exemplified by RuPaul and the community has allowed me to become the ally that I want to
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