20 Reasons Why I Love Going to Drag Shows

Posted On: October 14, 2023

20 Reasons Why I Love Going to Drag Shows

As a Relationship Counselor and Clinical Sexologist, I have worked with many individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ and have seen firsthand the positive impact that drag shows can have on people’s lives. But did you know that anyone can love going to drag shows?

Drag shows have a rich history that dates back to ancient civilizations, where cross-dressing and gender-bending performances were a common form of entertainment. Over time, drag shows have evolved into a powerful art form that challenges societal norms and celebrates diversity. In Singapore, drag shows have played a significant role in fostering inclusivity and promoting LGBTQ+ rights. These vibrant performances provide a platform for self-expression, allowing individuals to explore and embrace their identities in a safe and supportive environment. By pushing boundaries and breaking down stereotypes, drag shows contribute to the ongoing fight for equality and acceptance in Singapore’s society.

In a country where conservative attitudes towards gender and sexuality persist, drag shows serve as a powerful tool for education and advocacy. They help to dismantle preconceived notions about gender roles and foster empathy and understanding among audiences. Through their extravagant costumes, mesmerizing performances, and fearless authenticity, drag performers challenge societal norms and inspire others to embrace their true selves. By providing visibility to the LGBTQ+ community, drag shows contribute to the ongoing dialogue surrounding equal rights and representation. They serve as a reminder that everyone deserves to be celebrated for who they are, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Here are 20 reasons why:

  1. Entertainment: Drag shows are a unique form of entertainment that can be fun and enjoyable for anyone.
  2. Artistry: The costumes, makeup, and performances of drag performers can be appreciated as an art form.
  3. Performance: Drag performers are often talented singers, dancers, and comedians, providing a high-quality performance that is enjoyable to watch.
  4. Escape: Going to a drag show can be a way to escape from the stresses of everyday life and immerse oneself in a fun and lively environment.
  5. Humor: Drag shows often incorporate humor and satire, providing a lighthearted and entertaining experience that can lift one’s mood.
  6. Empowerment: Drag shows can be empowering as they showcase performers who challenge traditional gender norms and celebrate individuality and self-expression.
  7. Self-Expression: Attending a drag show can inspire people to express themselves more freely and authentically in their own lives.
  8. Acceptance: Drag shows often promote acceptance and inclusivity, which can be appealing to those who value these ideals.
  9. Friendship: Going to drag shows can be a way to make new friends and expand one’s social circle.
  10. Community: Drag shows can bring together people from diverse backgrounds and create a sense of community and belonging.
  11. Socializing: Going to a drag show can be a fun social activity with friends or as a date night with a partner.
  12. Fashion: Drag performers often wear elaborate and glamorous outfits that can inspire fashion trends or provide inspiration for personal style.
  13. Celebration: Drag shows are often associated with celebrations such as Pride events or special occasions, which can add to the festive atmosphere.
  14. Education: Drag shows can educate people about LGBTQ+ history, culture, and issues, helping to promote understanding and acceptance.
  15. Role Models: Drag performers can serve as positive role models for LGBTQ+ youth and others who may feel marginalized or misunderstood.
  16. Body Positivity: Drag shows often celebrate diverse body types and promote body positivity, which can be empowering for those who struggle with body image issues.
  17. Exposure: Attending a drag show can expose heterosexual individuals to different perspectives and experiences, broadening their understanding of the world.
  18. Love: Drag shows can showcase the power of love and acceptance, promoting a more compassionate and empathetic society.
  19. Political Activism: Drag shows can be a platform for political activism and social justice, raising awareness about important issues and promoting change.
  20. Support: By attending drag shows, one can support the LGBTQ+ community and show solidarity with those who may face discrimination or marginalization.

Where to go:
Here are some drag shows to keep an eye out for in Singapore.

  1. RIOT! – Drag shows every Saturday hosted by Becca D’Bus @beccadbus Hard Rock Cafe at Cascaden Road @riotdragshow www.riotdragshow.com
  2. WERQ – @werg.sg just ended season 2 and season 3 commences in September. Open mic session for new and aspiring drag performers. One up-and-coming drag queen is Nishilia @nishilia_aishwarya_bernard who helped me put together this list.
  3. Club Hell – Regularly invited drag performers to perform in their space @club.hell.sg
  4. Baby Boy – Club event that regularly invited drag queens to perform as well @babyboypartysg
  5. Sunny Side up – Drag brunch organised by Thugshop
  6. FomoHomo – Everything queer and queer inclusive in Singapore @fomohomo.sg. Subscribe for updates at https://fomohomo.sg/.

If you’re interested in exploring Singapore’s drag scene further, be sure to follow these performers and events on social media to stay up-to-date on upcoming shows and performances.

When attending drag shows, it’s important to remember that these performers are artists who put in a tremendous amount of effort and dedication into their craft. Show your appreciation by being respectful and supportive throughout the event. One way to show your support is through tipping. Tipping is a common practice at drag shows, and it allows you to directly support the performers. Consider bringing small bills to tip the performers during their performances or at the end of the show. Remember, tipping is voluntary, but it is a great way to show your appreciation for their talent and hard work. Cheer them, applaud them, and focus on enjoying the show and celebrating the performers’ creativity and talent. If you want to support them further, consider purchasing merchandise or supporting their online platforms.

By following these etiquette guidelines, you can ensure that you are creating a positive and supportive environment for drag performers. Remember, they are there to entertain and inspire, so let’s show them the respect and appreciation they deserve.

I understand the importance of creating safe spaces where people can express themselves freely without fear of judgment or discrimination. If you are struggling with sexual health concerns or relationship issues, I am here to help. As a Relationship Counselor and Clinical Sexologist, I can provide you with the support and guidance you need to overcome these challenges and live a happier, healthier life.

About Dr. Martha Tara Lee

Dr. Martha Tara Lee has been a passionate advocate for positive sexuality since 2007. With a Doctorate in Human Sexuality and a Masters in Counseling, she launched Eros Coaching in 2009 to help individuals and couples lead self-actualised and pleasurable lives. Her expertise includes working with couples who have unconsummated marriage, individuals with sexual inhibitions and discrepancies in sexual desire, men with erection and ejaculation concerns, and members of the LGBTQIA+ and kink communities. Dr. Lee welcomes all sexual orientations and is available for online and face-to-face consultations. Martha speaks English and Mandarin.

She is the only certified sexuality educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in the region (as of 2011) and is also an AASECT certified sexuality educator supervisor (as of 2018). She strives to provide fun, educational, and sex-positive events and is often cited in the media including Huffington PostNewsweek, South China Morning Post, and more. She is the appointed Resident Sexologist for Singapore Cancer Society, Of Noah.sgOfZoey.sg, and Virtus Fertility Centre. She is the host of radio show Eros Evolution for OMTimes Radio. In recognition of her work, she was named one of ‘Top 50 Inspiring Women under 40’ by Her World in July 2010, and one of ‘Top 100 Inspiring Women’ by CozyCot in March 2011. She is the author of Love, Sex and Everything In-Between (2013),  Orgasmic Yoga: Masturbation, Meditation and Everything In-Between (2015), From Princess to Queen: Heartbreaks, Heartgasms and Everything In-Between (2017), and {Un}Inhihibited (2019).

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