First of all, this Pride event banning drag queens is an alternative event to Scotland's main pride so they can choose whatever performers they like. Secondly, Bianca Del Rio (pictured) features an offensive type of humor which I and many others love. But we drag queens are the first ones they call when they performers are needed at an AIDS benefit or fundraiser for gay marriage--and most confirm without hesitation because we are a part of this community and we care. Suddenly drag might be too offensive for a gay pride event, especially "cis drag acts"--whatever the f#ck that is--who might make "the "Trans/Non Binary Caucus" uncomfortable. I'm a drag queen for 30 years and don't even know what non binary is supposed to mean.
I love their idea that drag acts might confuse those who were not yet out as trans. What's so confusing about dressing as the opposite sex for a performance and then taking it off? Or getting in drag just to hang out and drink and socialize because that's what you enjoy and have fought for the freedom to do it? It's confusing to me that a straight guy wants to have a sex change to become a lesbian, but I would never dare suggest that it isn't his right. If these precious, delicate angels can't handle drag, then we may have to consider locking them up in a room lest they get exposed to the seditious work of Tyler Perry, The Birdcage, Martin Lawrence, To Wong Foo, Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, Eddie Murphy, RuPaul, Conchita Wurst, Eddie Izzard, Frank Marino, Dame Edna and every gay bar in the world.
How about this? Treat everyone with equal respect and labels won't mean a godd@m thing.
THE GROUPS STATEMENT ON WHY THEY ARE BANNING DRAG PERFORMERS:
"The decision was taken by transgender individuals who were uncomfortable with having drag performances at the event. It was felt that it would make some of those who were transgender or questioning their gender uncomfortable.
It continued: “It was felt by the group within the Trans/Non Binary Caucus that some drag performance, particularly cis drag, hinges on the social view of gender and making it into a joke, however transgender individuals do not feel as though their gender identity is a joke.
“This can particularly difficult for those who are not out and still present as the gender they were assigned at birth. While it was discussed whether we could have trans drag acts perform, it was agreed that as it would not be appropriate to ask any prospective drag acts whether or not they identified as trans.
“It was therefore decided that having no drag acts perform would be the best option as it would mean no-one would feel pressured to out themselves.”
IT'S NOT APPROPRIATE TO ASK A DRAG ACT IF THEY ARE TRANS? WHY NOT? WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL? IF THEY ARE TRANS THEN HOW CAN YOU BAN THEM IN ORDER TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF TRANS OR WANNABE TRANS?DOES THAT MAKE ANY SENSE TO YOU?