While there’s a lot of work yet to be done in terms of LGBTQ rights, it’s exciting that drag is one of the cultural touchstones that’s crushing barriers and pushing queer visibility into the mainstream.
This year alone, drag queens were embraced on national stages like the Emmys and Saturday Night Live; featured in a summer blockbuster alongside Scarlett Johansson; plastered on the side of Coca-Cola cans; and profiled by GQ, a traditionally heterosexual men’s magazine. The aforementioned feature, about fan favorite Trixie Mattel, summed up the phenomenon: “...drag isn’t just a niche curiosity. It’s entertainment for everyone.”
As drag continues to make a safe place for people to let loose their inner glamazon, there’s more room for it in popular culture than ever, as gender becomes a thing of the past. Where drag only used to live underground, it’s moving into the light, a style of performance that’s starting to be acknowledged simply for what it is: absolutely fabulous.