There is perhaps, no art form as secretly admired and misunderstood as the art that is drag. And a glorious art form it is. For those not familiar with the why’s, it is about celebrating all that is Woman. It’s not about men becoming women, it is about glorifying all those things men (and women) admire in us (and ourselves). So one might think the art of a drag king is about celebrating men… but nope. Kings are about supporting Queens – it’s how some might say life SHOULD be.
One of my favourite movies, if for nothing else than the grand spectacle of it all, is Connie and Carla. And yes, it’s one flick EVERYONE should watch at least once (but preferably at least once a month). Many of the Queens in the cast are actually Drag Queens, cast in the roles to do as only they know how to do. I recommend attending as many drag shows as one possibly can… but if you are too nervous, or live in an area too remote or podunk, then Connie and Carla becomes even more of a necessity. Don’t stream it, borrow it, or rent it… BUY IT!
There really is no art I more admire than the art of drag, and here in Saskatoon we really are blessed with some amazing talent. With the incredible Crystal Clear, Charity Luncheon, and China White here, what more could we possibly ask for? And they really are only the tip of the iceberg – a beautiful, jaw-dropping, hilarious, absolutely fabulous iceberg.
The history of Drag in Saskatchewan is a long and proud one. Yes, we may be a stick in the mud, Prairie Province… sometimes poked fun of with that exact same stick for being all too podunk… but we have a wonderfully rich drag history. In fact, it goes all the way back to the 1920’s and the Empire Theatre’s vaudeville revues and continues today with the Imperial Court of the Golden Wheat Sheaf – Saskatchewan’s royal drag court, which is just one small part of the royal court of Canada.
For more on the history of Drag in Saskatchewan you can’t find a better resource than the Neil Richards collection at the U of S… a small taste of which can be found online at http://scaa.usask.ca/gallery/allfrockedup/en_intro.shtml
I, for one, am thankful for the incredibly hard work of our many dedicated Queens. They have paved the way for us in so many ways, and continue to do so with grace, confidence, kindness, and laughter. Thank you! For all you do!