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It's a drag


Amongst the many things I would like cis people to understand about trans people, and trans women in particular, is that being trans does not immediately equate to having an appreciation or liking for drag.

There are plenty of trans people that adore drag and even participate in it as, of course, do many cis people. Hey, all the more power to you if that is you. I'm not here to say don't watch or enjoy drag! I am simply asking people to not assume a liking for and/or equate drag with trans people. 

Drag is an art, it is a performance, one rooted in British theatre and many people love it. However, more than a few people weaponize it against trans women. I've lost count of how many transphobes have made false and inflammatory statements about trans women flouncing around in sequined gowns and heavy make up while grocery shopping or going to the gym. Where do you suppose that imagery comes from? Their goal is to connect us to drag, to portray our reality as mere parody, a costume that we put on instead of who we really are.

Drag can be supportive of trans rights, but it has also had its share of transphobia. RuPaul has had several transphobic incidents, but they are simply the most high profile amongst several artists that have dropped transphobic comments on the trans community. This, combined with what I have mentioned above, has served to sour a few of us in the trans community on drag.

So, if you're wondering why I respond with indifference to suggestions to watch or see drag, this is why. I have no interest in shutting down the art and the performance, please enjoy, but also please, I ask you to check with your trans friends first before sharing with them. 

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  1. While I understand that drag is an art form, nevertheless I have no use for it. I see drag shows as just another incorrect perception, in the minds of cis folks, of just what being trans is all about.

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