Identity In The Drag Race

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“If you can’t love yourself how in the hell you going to love somebody else?“ While this particular quote ends every episode of RuPaul Charles’ self titled reality show RuPaul‘s Drag Race, most people have heard this sentiment throughout their life. It is made clear from a young age that it is important to accept who you are; unless, of course, your identity deviates from what is deemed normal. In my case, living in a Catholic, Republican, southern Louisiana suburb, being gay put me way outside of the bounds of loving myself. When I looked in the mirror I saw someone out of place in a multitude of ways: red hair, heavy set (as my mom would tell me), and queer. I mean, the allegations had been around since the sixth grade and looking back, the …show more content…
She, her parents, and her brothers were all a little kooky and come to think of it, I recently discovered that her brother was bi the entire time (but that’s not really part of the story). Anyway, I spend a lot of my time in Mandeville at Morgan’s house, given that her family seem to like me more than my own did. Her living room was filled with ridiculous knick knacks her mother had collected from her world travels and the kitchen was filled with strange foods that simultaneously enticed me and distracted me. One lazy afternoon, Morgan and I were bickering about what television show to watch. I’m pretty indecisive so I passed the task on her and to my surprise, it wasn’t the usual Bo Burnham comedy special. It was something called, RuPaul‘s Drag Race. I’ve never seen the show before and frankly, at the time, I wasn’t that sure I’d ever want to watch an episode again. Morgan showed me the cast of season seven, currently airing at the time of this story. One cast member stood out in my mind given that she looked a little out of place with the other “queens,” as Morgan let me know they were called. Later on this queen, Katya, would end up being my favorite of all 113 queens. At the time, she was not polished whatsoever and was accused of copying one of the past seasons’ contestants William. However, as the years have gone on, Katya has shifted her drag from a look queen to a …show more content…
I had cut myself off from the gay community for so long and RPDR brought me an entrance into the world I had found foreign. I watched Paris is Burning, a staple for the LGBT community lexicon, educated myself on the social movements of gay activists, and I even started interacting with other fans on the internet. The connections I made online helped me assimilate into my own gay community in real life. My boarding school, the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, is known across the state by LSMSGAY, an adaptation of our acronym LSMSA. Before RuPaul’s Drag Race allowed me to educate myself, I had been too afraid to enter not only the queer dating pool, but just the queer community of my high school. However, I now felt prepared enough to seek their acceptance and guidance, especially because so many of my classmates attended boarding school as an escape from homophobic parents. I had shared experiences with these people and through their mentorship, I was able to continue to grow into my LGBT identity. Subtle nods to my sexuality, such as the occasional “yes queen”, turned into more grand gestures overtime, such as naming my first car after a local drag queen, Chi Chi DeVayne. However, self-discovery isn’t all unicorns and rainbows, as much as my inner flaming queer girl would like it to

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