Drag culture in NYC has come a long way since its beginnings; at this year’s RuPaul’s DragCon 35,000 people attended and weekend passes cost $60. Fans waited for hours to see their favorites. As Jesse Dorris writes, queens used to be “court jesters (and sex workers and criminals)” but those days are gone. Bob the Drag Queen said at the event, “Drag queens ain’t supposed to be in places like this… Like, we should be performing in McDonald’s, in Times Square.” Interestingly though, this shift has also meant a significant amount of whitewashing, leading to many in and outside the community to feel differently about the current state of the culture. Read more at the New Yorker.
NYC’s Old and New Drag Culture