Title

Transsexual drag entertainers as keepers of queer power-knowledge

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-10-2012

Originally Published In

Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality

Volume Number

15

Abstract

The limited professional literature that examines lived experiences for drag queen entertainers has often under-emphasized the unique experiences had for transsexual women who work in the drag industry. Marginalizing these women’s experience by defining them as titty queens or using objectifying language such as tranny, the limiting discourse on the topic of transsexual drag entertainers does little to empower or liberate them. Based on an emergent finding from a case study that examined resiliency for transsexual Mexicanas, this conceptual article develops a construct of drag as an inclusive identity that offers both queen and transgender liberation.