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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Today, the fields of queer and trans history are still in the process of finding ways to talk about gender and sexuality diversity among Native people in a way that is neither appropriative nor exotifying. Here I am trying to tell the story of Ozaawindib’s life, not as a way to show the myriad possibilities of gender and sexuality among “primitive” peoples, as some white queer writers have done. Nor am I telling her story so it can be used as a sort of precursor or opening scene which non-Native queer people can inherit after Native people seemingly vanish from the dominant narrative of history. I am sharing her story simply because it is an apt demonstration of how gender diverse Native people were important actors in North American history. Ozaawindib’s story reveals important historical realities of queer, trans, and/or Two-Spirit experiences in North America, especially relating to the process of colonization and the erasure of people who did not conform to the accepted dominant standards of gender and sexuality.[i] Both her story and its subsequent narrative fracturing are symptomatic of larger trends in the history of North American queer, trans, and Two-Spirit peoples.
Kai Pyle Ozaawindib, the Ojibwe Trans Woman the US Declared a Chief