DRAG: How RuPaul’s Drag Race’s inclusivity is helping local drag
RuPaul’s Drag Race has had one of it’s most inclusive years yet
RuPaul’s Drag Race is a competition show which throws drag queens from across the country together in a lip sync filled competition with grand prizes to be won.
With the original US version heading into it’s fourteenth season, the franchise has expanded globally. Drag Race UK is heading into it’s third season this month, with the franchise’s first ever cisgender female contestant Victoria Scone who hails from Cardiff.
The Franchise has also expanded to feature All Stars seasons. These involve queens from previous seasons of Drag Race returning at their chance to get into the Hall Of Fame. Incredibly, the franchise crowned it’s first ever transgender contestant, Kylie Sonique Love, which saw her take home $100,000 and solidify her name in the history books.
Drag has been around for hundreds of years, and it goes beyond a television show. However, the Drag Race phenomenon has season something nearly exclusively linked to LGBT+ culture now weaved into the fabric of mainstream society. Becoming ever glowingly popular all over the world, drag queens and performers are being catapulted to super stardom celebrity status.
Local drag performers, be it drag kings and/or drag queens, are being put on the map more recently with more questions being asked surrounding the art form. With many believing that more talk will lead to between inclusion, local performers are hopeful that more inclusive drag will be featured on the big screen very soon.
In the past, RuPaul came under criticism for his lack of diversity within casting. But, in the past year, the franchise has gone on to have it’s most inclusive year yet.
Justin Drag and Polly Amorous, local drag performers based in Cardiff, told Local TV that the inclusion of cisgender women and trans contestants will open the conversation surrounding drag and will lead to better opportunities for various performers all over the country.
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