Wednesday, March 31, 2021

I'm not a drag queen

Transgender Day of Visibility (Today)

A reader sent me the news that Coca-Cola has a drag artist as a spokesperson for their products. 

“I’d call that a big step forward,” said the reader who sent me that news.

Yes – a big step forward for drag queens, but I'm not a drag queen! Doesn't do much for me or my trans sisters.


The new Coke queen is not the first. For the past year or so, drag queens have been appearing in television commercials here and there. The queens are all over-the-top and have no relation to femulators like me. 

The only transwomen I’ve seen on television are in ads for AIDS-related medicines. I applaud the pharmaceutical companies for that, but it would be nice to see a transwoman in an ad for a more generic product like Pepsi or Ford or Walmart where the crossdresser is just another consumer and not the butt of a joke.



Wearing Paige
Wearing Paige


Peter Outerbridge in the 1999 Canadian film Better Than Chocolate
Peter Outerbridge in the 1999 Canadian film Better Than Chocolate

9 comments:

  1. Saw this film years ago - pretty good - and totally forgot about this song! Perfect for March 31! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Truth! Thanks for reminding us all drag queens have nothing to do with transgender women.

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  3. A point well taken, Stana. There is so much drag queen visibility these days that the general public often considers us drag queens, too. The road to getting that recognition for ourselves is a much harder and longer road, especially with the current barrage of anti-trans laws. The big bullies always pick a small and generally unsupported target, and currently that's trans people.

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  4. Drag queens are usually gay, while most cross-dressers are not. They usually dress just for entertainment while for us it is an expression of our true selves. Most of them are flamboyant while many of us try to pass and blend in, and so on. I am not blaming the drag queens, but it is because of them that some many “know” that “a man who dons a dress must be gay and looking for sex”, which is totally false and this is where trouble can start when we come out to our wives. I wish there was a way we could educate people...

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  5. Agreed. I still hold the view that while drag queens may have initially opened the eyes of people to the trans community, a good thing, there has also been negative repercussions with the flamboyancy and over-the-top expressions of "self." Drag queens and trans women like us have very little in common.

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  6. sadly unlike the golden era of the mid-20th century, contemporary drag queens do not use glamourous fim stars etc as their inspiration but instead now present themselves as freaks from outer-space. not only that, but they seem to do little now performance-wise other than stand on the door of gay bars trying to persuade punters and sightseeers to come in. if i happen to be passing and one such creature i feel i have nothing in common with whatsoever beckons me inside, i politely decline and carry on walking!

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  7. Nothing in common with me, not the way they dress and not their makeup

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  8. I think it was in 2018 when a UK grocery retailer (The Co-op) ran an advert that featured a transwoman. There was a little bit of whining by the usual media culprits, but in the main it went very well.

    More diversity in ads please and less lazy stereotypes. I'm fine with drag or trans folk being on screen, so long as it's a positive message.

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  9. I admire drag queens for their ability to femulate and I appreciate their visibility for (hopefully) making "a man in a dress" something a little less foreign and therefore maybe not so misunderstood for the general public. However, I worry their flamboyance may make civilians think a crossdresser is in it for external rewards and admiration when it's really about self-acceptance internal peace. Regardless of all this, any man in a dress & heels...for whatever reason...is fine with me;) The more the merrier!!

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