There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about the relationship between trans and drag.
Some say that drag artists are not trans, they are “only” performers.
Others argues strongly that drag is a clear expression of gender variance, and since transgender is an umbrella term for all kinds of gender variance, all drag artists must be trans.
To me this disagreement is proof of our language being to poor and restrictive to capture the totality of gender.
Yes, many drag artists identify as their assigned gender, and that is fine.
Yes, many drag artists want to express another side of their gender identity and think of themselves as some shade of nonbinary.
And yes, many drag artists are identifying or will identify as their target gender and might even transition. That is also OK.
So drag is not an identity in the same way as cis or trans. It is a way of expressing and exploring gender through performance.
This video is from blairimani on Instagram, who writes:
While drag can sometimes reflect gender identity for some, drag itself is a performance of gender expression, not gender identity. Drag can often be weaponized against trans people, intending to invalidating their identities. Trans men are not "women in drag," trans women are not “men in drag." Trans men are men, trans women are women, and nonbinary people are nonbinary.
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My cousin asked me to take her two- year-old to the theatre to see any show she wanted. I had no idea what we were seeing until a group of very sparkly young drag queens outside the auditorium told us it was an opera starring Richard O'Brien.