The LGBTQ+ community has been especially progressive in the 21st century. A perfect representation of the community is drag queens. As an ally of the community, I feel that the representation of these queens is necessary for mainstream media and pop culture. They represent people from different backgrounds who come together in the name of drag and spread positive messages about identity, creativity and dreams to people from all around the world.
Hit TV show RuPaul's Drag Race is a perfect way to get introduced to the community of queens and fans. Not only are these queens fabulous but they are absolutely hilarious as they come up with quick and witty catchphrases that people use universally in casual settings. The upcoming season of All-Stars 4 is approaching soon so if you want to get familiar with the culture.
The original installment of the show came about in 2009. There have been about 10 seasons of the show (as of November 2018) but there is a spinoff show called RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars which features queens who have previously been apart of the show to compete for another shot to win the crown. Past winners include Chad Michaels, Alaska and the most recent winner Trixie Mattel.
I have only recently become a fan of the show but I enjoy it so much. I really admire the queens for what they stand for and what messages they want to spread to their fans and to the world. The competition, on the other hand, seems very challenging. Not only do they have to complete the challenge well but have to portray a certain character physically and vocally. It can be draining to the queens and often causes a lot of conflict between queens for entertainment purposes.
If you consider yourself to be very openminded and want to be more educated about the LGBTQ+ community or just drag queens in general, you should definitely check it out. All-Stars 4 premieres December 14th at 8 pm on VH1.