Drag Performance & Culture

by Laura Ellis on January 11, 2011

STATE OF AFFAIRS 01/11/11:  Drag performance has existed for centuries – from male performers playing female roles in Shakespeare’s time, to television shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race. Though drag shows have long been celebrated in gay clubs, movies like To Wong Foo… and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert brought drag further into the mainstream, and January has even been designated National Drag History Month. What’s the appeal for the performers, whose elaborate costumes can costs thousands of dollars? And why do their fans line up and pay a premium to watch what – to the uninitiated – might seem like little more than fancy lip-syncing? Join us on Tuesday when we learn about drag culture and performance.

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Jean Donohue January 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Central KY has a rich history and unbroken lineage of drag queen, underground culture dating from the Civil War.

I’m producing a documentary about it called THE LAST OF THE PAGAN BABIES.

Steve Magruder January 12, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Jean, do you have a link to your project’s page on Facebook that you mentioned on the show? As the admin of the Louisville History & Issues discussion board, I like to keep track of various subjects related to Kentucky history. Thanks!

Brad Yost January 13, 2011 at 10:23 am

@Steve – Not on FB, but here:

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