Drag Project

Research Study: Drag Performers and the Politics of Gay Culture

As part of my research with Dr. Liam Wignall into contemporary gay cultures, I am currently in the data collection phase of this project – interviewing drag performers about their experiences of drag and gay culture.

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 already been interviewed and welcome further interviews with performers between now and September. We have full ethical clearance and can provide further detail over email. Interviews can be in-person or over Skype.

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