Drag finally made it mainstream when RuPaul appeared on the Simpsons. On episode “Werking Mom” Marge becomes a drag queen to sell food containers and discovers that drag can be empowering. Although we didn’t quite get Ru embracing a cis woman as the queen that she is, Homer declared: “these days everyone can be everything.”
Since RuPaul’s Drag Race came on the air a decade ago, the world of drag has changed- the lines between gender, identity and sexuality have all blurred and most drag shows these days welcome anyone who’s got a dollar tip a queen. Is TV going to catch up?
Today trans guy drag queen Sweet Gwendolyn, also known as Debbie Penetration joins us to take a look at the roller coaster ride drag has gone though in the past decade, and how a lot of ideas from performance art like therapy, breaking barriers and doing wild stuff for kicks got folded into the drag souffle.
Listen as Sweet Gwendolyn chats with us about some of the highlights of the Austin International Drag Festival and the challenges of doing drag when you are disabled.
➤ Sweet Gwendolyn’s erotic art history collection on Tumblr.