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The Evolution Of Drag In The Age Of Social Media

Drag performances began in LGBTQ+ bars, clubs, and community events. Now the art form is accessible to millions thanks to Rupaul’s Drag Race and the power of social media.



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When "RuPaul's Drag Race" debuted back in 2009, did anyone realize how much impact it would have on the LGBTQIA+ community and popular culture? Over the past decade, it has entertained mainstream audiences and has arguably brought drag queens into the zeitgeist.

In honor of Pride Month, national and local drag queens are here to share their insights and experiences.


Cynthia Lee Fontaine


  • Miss Gay Pride Houston 2021

Regina Thorne-DuBois

  • Known as The Broadway Beauty of Texas

Violet S’Arbleu

  • Miss Gay Texas America 2017-2018

  • Author, Forever Her Mother’s Son The Dina Jacob Story

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