It’s time to spill the tea, but don’t worry there’s no shade this time. Drag is in the midst of one of its most popular eras. It is now often seen on mainstream TV networks, magazine covers, and is the subject of countless vlogs and podcasts, thanks to the success of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Drag day takes place on July 16th, a world wide day where people of all backgrounds support and celebrate who they are because everyone has that right.
Drag has been catapulted into the spotlight of mainstream media over the last ten years – an art form that was once reserved for dark nightclubs, a last-minute Halloween costume, or the punchline of a Hollywood film has now become the pretty girl at the party that everyone wants to be friends with. However, she now wears more make-up, has longer hair, and is (usually) more care-free.
“Be beautiful, be stylish and love yourself”.
A little piece history for you, Marsha P. Johnson was a transgender activist who frequently used female pronouns or referred to herself as a drag queen. In 1969,
Johnson was a major driving element behind the Stonewall riots (readers can refer to the commemorating stonewall article). The drag community would be nothing without Johnson and others like Sylvia Rivera, who drove the LGBTQ rights struggle and gave many the opportunity to experience it.
Did you know that Networks called Drag Race “too much” when RuPaul pitched the show, yet today it’s watched by around 1.3 million people.
We live in a world that is changing everyday, becoming a world of more options, challenges, choices and questions. A world of diversity, a world that is learning new experiences and more people learning respect and acceptance. The struggle for many is still a thing but as we keep moving forward knowing that one day there will be peace among us all.
“Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself. When you love yourself, that’s when you’re most beautiful”.