Drag is an artistic form of entertaining audiences by conventionally adopting the clothing attributes, gestures, postures, grace of the opposite sex. Accept it or not, drag performances are the ones that established the queer culture in the society with a huge motive of fighting against all the odds to set the normality and equality of queer orientations in the society. These queer artistic drag performances born before the stonewall riots and many drag queens sacrificed their lives fighting for the queer community. Many got attacked by bullies and many went behind the bars. Drag queens are the ones who empower the community even today. Fortunately, now all the drag queens are happily performing all over the world by spilling their talents and skills to uplift the community and break the stereotypes!
Drag queens are the males or trans-women who slip into the shoes of feminine gender and exhibit various skills like singing, dancing, lip-syncing, magic, theatrical dramatic performances, and many more. Drag queens were the reason for the unity of the community and now they are acting as the reason to spread the queer vibes to the world. Unlike drag kings, one can find many drag queens all over the world. Gay men, bisexual men, and trans-women who have talents and who want to represent the community is coming forward to grace the stages at various places and on various platforms to let people understand the genuine meaning of gender, gender equality, and gender fluidity.
Have you seen a man doing belly dance in earlier eras? Never, because most of the dance forms were confined to women and not men. To break such stereotypes, many men are gracing the womanhood by various art forms to portray that a man can also be as graceful as a woman. Drag queens display that genders are equal and fluid. Drag performances depict that there is no gender for any kind of art form. Hence, these queer artists who are capable enough to sing, dance, and perform no lesser than women, setting an example for gender fluidity. Now many male belly dancers can entertain you better than women!
If you think, drag performances are all about wearing clothes and heavy makeup to entertain audiences, then you are wrong. The drag makeups are one of a kind and the clothes the drag queens opt are absolutely out of the box. Simply, a drag queen must be the one who can carry both the grace and fierceness of a woman. With the sensual moves, they also need to balance the power of a woman in a performance. The portrayal of a woman is very delicate. The masculine bodies, gestures, and postures must be kept under control to acquire the personality of a woman.
Do you know how much time and effort a drag queen takes to get into the proper transformed personality of a woman from top to toe? Some drag queens spend hours and hours in front of vanity mirrors for less than ten-minute performances. Still, many people who perform as drag queens get criticized and judged for the path they chose to represent the community. If you think it is easy being a drag queen, try walking in six-inch pointed heels, cover up your eyebrows completely under makeup and wear shimmery flashy yet poky clothes, you will get to know how difficult it is to perform as a drag queen!
Effeminate gay men and Trans-women are the best choices for drag queens because no one can pull off the femininity with a pinch of masculinity than these. By birth, these gay men and trans-women get that feminine factor which makes them go through many struggles and understand the pain of being a female or being a male who has feminine traits. Ask an effeminate man or a trans-woman to tell their experiences regarding their physical, emotional, and mental transformations to portray themselves like drag queens. Their stories undoubtedly leave you teary-eyed.
The exaggeration of female features in their makeup, hair, clothing, basically the physical appearance include the heavy cleavage, long puffy hair, shimmery and flashy clothes, slutty broad lips, heavy eye makeup with huge eyelashes, revealing yet mysterious clothing and the heavy footwear, every single bit of a feature of a drag queen is portrayed profoundly. Do you know the reason?
These drag queens display the womanhood and also the blending fluidity between masculinity and femininity. This is uplifting both gender identities and also sexual orientations. Drag queens mostly consider themselves as non-binary but still with their performances, they depict the true meaning of femininity. They are not restricted as gay men or trans-women, they represent the whole community. Are you wondering how?
Well, being a guy, a drag queen is masculine. Adopting the female clothing, a drag queen is feminine. Entertaining, attracting, and focusing on both the genders, a drag queen is bisexual. With a blended physical and emotional trait, a drag queen also represents Transgenders. Altogether a drag queen is a package to represent the whole queer community to entertain people regardless of genders and orientations. This is why you can see drag queens performing everywhere in every queer event.
Most of the men, including heterosexuals who support the queer community, deck up themselves as drag queens to demonstrate their love and support. Because only a drag queen is much eligible to represent the whole community. Drag queen performances are alluring and appealing which elevates the queer environment. Their sassy moods, bitchy phrases, shimmery looks, extraordinary performances, mingling capabilities bind the whole queer community in one place to appreciate their sexual orientations.
Queer parties inevitably make the most appropriate stages and spots for drag queens to spill their skills to entertain people from the community. For a few hours, both closeted and open queer people forget themselves and enjoy the colorful atmosphere around. These queer artists always end up making a queer person smile and forget the criticism and judgments. Drag queens must be respected for the happiness they pump in every queer person! So, respect them instead of passing demeaning and degrading comments. Support each other for the better community!