Drag Project

Research Study: Drag Performers and the Politics of LGBT Cultures

As part of my research with Dr. Liam Wignall into contemporary LGBT cultures, I am in the writing up stage of my project on drag perforemrs.

In cultural politics about homophobia and gay communities, drag performers have been both key actors in forming social and political resistance as well as a focus of debate about gender and appropriation within LGBT communities. As homophobia has decreased, drag culture has become more visible and popular, exemplified by the success of the US TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race. Yet research tends to remain located in literary criticism and discussions of representation. This study will move beyond that by talking to drag performers about their working lives, and advancing knowledge by discussing their experiences of these issues.

We thank the performers who have been interviewed and will be publishing the results soon.

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