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Aired Jun 25, 2020

The Power of Black Drag Queens

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ+ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each month we’ll offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion.

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, June 18 with Kizha Carr and Miz Jade. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!

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Article:  Making a wig and heels political: Black drag queens rally support for Black Lives Matter and Pride


Author: Josh Rivera and David Oliver

Questions for Discussion:

  1. The article tells the story of Black drag performers getting into activism, in some cases inspired by Black Lives Matter and its response to the treatment of the Black community by law enforcement. Is this kind of activism new among drag performers, or has this always happened? Why haven’t people seen it until now?
  2. The issue of racism within the drag community is discussed in the article. However, for many people, this may be the first time that they’ve ever heard about it. Have you seen it or experienced it, and what was the context? Did you respond?
  3. Drag performers are activists, they’re reading stories to children in libraries, and hosting drag brunch in the suburbs. How do you think that drag – especially done by gender-expansive performers – can and will change our dialogue about gender?

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