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This past Monday night I went to a special revue drag show under a elaborate tent at the international Fringe Festival that has been going on in our city for the past week. Fringe is worldwide traveling arts festival that was started in Edinburgh Scotland in 1947 and is now the largest arts festival in the world with more than 50,000 performances of 3,841 shows in 323 venues at each city. Today there are 300 Fringe festivals worldwide with 50 in the U.S alone.
So much explaining what the fringe is. I went ‘dressed ‘of course in jeans, sweater and blouse and ankle boots,
I hadn’t been to a drag show since the 1990’s early 2000’s when I first started going out public, first with my local support group and then went alone, To say I was bummed out, unhappy and sorry I went to is an understatement, I almost left during intermission.
I find (myself) being a CD but passible public crossdresser for over 50 years and that we are a totally different animal than a Drag Queen, they are mostly all gay, are professional performers and entertainers only and at the end of the day the grease paint and outlandish costume come off and they live their lives as a genetic gay male (their right and choice)
The thing I found was the outlandish is the over the top clownlike make and huge hair wigs that were laughable looking at it as a female impersonating CD. Think of Lady gaga in her most bizarre costume. Two of our local queens had been finalist on RuPaul’s Drag Race, one #4 and the other #7,
Good for them they are professional. One of our local queens who I have seen many times in the 90’s and had picture taken with who is 6’6″‘ comes out in long dress and wearing white platform sneakers that are 4″ thick rubber soles and have buckles instead of laces.
The final analysis of mine was they make exaggerated fun and mock women to the pleasure laughter (at their comedic detorts and comments) and gold-digging TIPS that they freely march through the crowd and begging up then greedily snatch up from outstretched hands (mostly female) -and encourage more as they stroll. With each of their performances I would estimate that they collected by outstretched hands $100-$130 cash in single; and each Queen did more than one appearance. To me that’s wrong and money grabbing, even on top of their performance salary. One of the well-known queens from my city who’s been doing it (well and is the best know) once made a comment to a radio interviewer that “crossdressers give her the Willies”!
She continued by saying ‘she could never understand what a straight male would get dressed us as a woman and feel enjoyment and thrill or excitement from it and want to go out in public’-she just didn’t get it!
No more Drag shows ever again for me. I was totally insulted and put off.
I’ve grown up as a ‘big girl CD now. Your opinions are welcome.
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