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Where are Rupaul's Trans Queens, Drag Kings and Bio Queens?

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Journalist, Samantha Riedel, will be joined by drag king, Chiyo Gomes, to discuss how Rupaul's Drag Race has failed the LGBT+ community.

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“Drag could make a massive impact on millions of people’s lives, if only its famous practitioners wielded it with a greater sense of consciousness and responsibility.” - Samantha Riedel.

The televised reality series, Rupaul’s Drag Race, first aired in 2009 and has been growing a cult-like following ever since. Rupaul, known as the world’s most famous drag queen, has built a television empire that showcases talent in the drag queen community.

From transphobic language to rigid contestant specifications, Rupaul’s Drag Race excludes many of the LGBT+ community that are cornerstones of drag's success. With Rupaul marketing drag towards a growing heteronormative, cisgendered audience, the question remains: how has the divisiveness of RPDR affected the history and future of drag?

Samantha Riedel (She/Her), author of ‘How Drag Queens Turned Against the Trans Community’, will be interviewing Drag King and Mr Gay England finalist Chiyo Gomes (They/He) on the failures of Rupaul’s drag empire.

Samantha Riedel is a freelance journalist and essayist from Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in the anthology Burn It Down (Seal Press, 2019) as well as them.us, The Huffington Post, Polygon, and Bitch Magazine. She is currently at work on her first book. You can find Samantha’s article ‘How Drag Queens Turned Against the Trans Community’ here:

https://www.them.us/story/how-drag-queens-turned-against-the-trans-community

Chiyo Gomes is a london-based drag king as well as Mr Gay England’s first transgender finalist. Chiyo has ignited the stages of the London cabaret scene and is a proud advocate for sex-workers, trans rights and challenging gender normativity. His article ‘Rupaul’s Drag Race doesn’t Represent the LGBT+ Community’ was published in the Independent and you can find it here: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/rupaul-drag-race-uk-trans-afrolatinx-line-bbc-a9076556.html

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