• Drag: Political Acts of Performance, Identity, Celebration, & Making Space

  • Foundational Knowledge & Learning How to Learn: Drag is a politically-fuellled art form that has existed for a long time for queer and trans individuals of color and other individuals of varying gender and sexual identities. This form of art allows us to build community, create a culture, mock gender rules and boundaries, be ourselves, be bigger than ourselves, be someone new...drag performers were critical in historic moments of resistance as well as celebration. Drag performers having occupied a large swathe of non-cisheterosexual history is reason enough to seek what knowledge(s) and insights they can provide for these communities for higher education. More information on the foundational knowledge I developed about drag performance in particular, and  art and expression in general, can be found within the right column. Queer theory, developed in Intersectional Inquiry and Gender & Sexualities, marry with performance to break down the performativity not only of gender and sexuality, but nearly all aspects of our lives. What makes a woman? What constitutes gender, and how can we dabble in it, play in it?

  • This performance was my second in the Denver area- During school breaks, I like to dedicate my time to performing in charity-based events within the local community and this was a toy drive for local youth where we raised over $200 in a matter of hours.


  • This performance was the first-ever drag show at St. Michael's, this event was a coordination between their Gender & Sexuality Class and myself. As a religious institution, making space for gender variant lives is not the easiest thing to do, and this is a particular moment of pride to have the opportunity to have a space to express care for a community.

    Mhisty Knights: at 2:00
    Cherie Insanity: at 6:20
    Edda Belle: at 9:20
    Aurora Risay: at 15:00
    Mhisty Knights second performance: at 24:00
    Miss Crime Scene: at 34:30
    Paula Tricks (me!): at 45:00 (Don't mind me, I just slipped once or twice)
    Luci Furr-Matrix: at 49:00

  • Why It's Important Academically

    While drag performances are rarely considered in the fields of higher education and academia, the performing arts in general-- of which drag is but one medium-- is filled with the potential to "allow us to shed light on the necessary correctives ethnographers could make to more accurately communicate the relationship between knower and known" (p. 435).

  • Why It's Important To Me Emotionally

    My family has almost always been my friends and fellow performers. Where else would I find people who understand what it means to be trans and a drag performer? Where else can I find space to be authenitcally me? My respite was my community, and is a destabilizing of cisnormativity.

This portfolio last updated: 20-Dec-2019 3:06 PM