DRAG FOR KIDS
Confused about Drag and Drag for Kids? Start your journey here!
Our CTYP team knows there’s a lot of misunderstanding surrounding Drag, the 2STLGBQ+ Community, and Drag for Kids right now. We are proud to be able to share resources like these with the community to help put a stop to this misinformation and hate. We’re sending love to all of our community members right now receiving hateful messages that have been propelled by anti-queer & anti-trans rhetoric and legislation. 💜
Photo by Wendy D Photography
TO NOTE: this video is quite binary in perspective, but is a good, condensed, and family-friendly 6-minute place to start to learn about the roots of Drag!
HOW IS DRAG AN ALL AGES ART FORM?
The same way any performance art can be for any age group, drag can be, too! Whether that be theatre, dance, acting, lip singing/singing, creating costumes or doing makeup, kids are constantly engaging with these forms of art outside the world of drag, and drag art just brings them all together in a creative way!
WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN DRAG AND QUEER CULTURE?
Drag has a long history within queer communities, and particularly queer and trans Black & Latinx communities. It was, and still is, a way for individuals to find community, safety, and joy in times of hate and harm. Though its roots are in queer culture, not everyone who is queer does drag, and not everyone who does drag is queer! It is, however, important to remember that art - and drag in particular - is a safe space for may people to express themselves, and that being hateful is never okay, no matter where you are
HOW DO YOU MAKE DRAG MAKEUP/COSTUMES APPROPRIATE FOR KIDS?
Consider the way your child might already interact with costumes, clothes, and makeup. For everyone of all ages, makeup is about the freedom to play with colour, sparkle, shape, and creativity, and drag is a non-judgemental space for kids to understand that these things can be fun for all genders. The same way a child might be so excited to put on a costume and makeup to act or dance in a school production or performance recital, drag is no different!
ISN'T DRAG ABOUT MEN DRESSING UP AS WOMEN / IS INHERENTLY SEXUAL?
No! Drag is about finding confidence in yourself and freely allowing oneself to play outside the conventional expectations of gender binaries. Drag Race has perpetuated one specific facet of drag, but at its roots, drag is about creating a sense of self and confidence outside of societal constraints and expectations. It is ultimately a way of play to learn about self-expression, gender, and where they intersect for each person. Some drag spaces are for adults only, but the same goes for theatre, dance, visual art. At its core, it's just like any other form of art!