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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Drag Queens, Throwing Shade & Queer Culture

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 6 reviews.Philadelphia, United StatesPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Thomas

90 mins
Up to 10 people
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Did you ever wonder why drag queens lip sync? What shade actually is and why it's important to the survival of drag queens and queer people? The difference between a drag ball and a drag pageant? The history of the gay male beauty ideal or the butch/femme roles in lesbian life? The riots and rebellions that happened BEFORE Stonewall? We'll cover any and all of that in a freewheeling, fun, and all-over-the-map talk about drag and queer life.

We'll start with a brief, informal introduction where we all get to meet each other and we can chat a bit about our background as bloggers and how it informed our career as authors as well as find out what interests any of our guests have and what they'd like to hear us focus on.

A reading from the book outlining some of the major themes, which include: How queer art and traditions developed in response to oppression. How acceptance of queer artists waxed and waned over the last century in sometimes surprising ways. How straight artists appropriated queer culture when it suited them and how queer artists use mainstream culture as a launching point for their art.

We'll include photos and show video clips of artists, drag queens and other important figures from queer history.

A Q&A session on anything at all having to do with drag, Drag Race, or LGBTQ culture, slang or traditions.
Did you ever wonder why drag queens lip sync? What shade actually is and why it's important to the survival of drag queens and queer people? The difference between a drag ball and a drag pageant? The history of the gay male beauty ideal or the butch/femme roles in lesbian life? The riots and rebellions that happened BEFORE Stonewall? We'll cover any and all of that in a freewheeling, fun, and all-over-the-map talk about drag and queer life.…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
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Meet your host, Thomas

Host on Airbnb since 2020
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We have been bloggers, authors and podcasters for 15 years, writing and opining on fashion and pop culture to an audience of millions. Our newest book "Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul's Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life" offers readers the chance to learn all the things they didn't know about the history of LGBTQ culture and traditions, as filtered through the hit reality TV show. Years of research into queer culture combined with a decade of writing about Drag Race makes us uniquely qualified to "teach the children" about where everything from shade to lip-syncing originated. We'll offer a fun, informal, uplifting look at the heroes and influencers of our collective queer past that will make sure you never look at drag queens the same way again.
We have been bloggers, authors and podcasters for 15 years, writing and opining on fashion and pop culture to an audience of millions. Our newest book "Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul's Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life" offers readers the chance to learn all the things they didn't know about the history of LGBTQ culture and traditions, as filtered through the hit reality TV show. Years of research into queer culture combined with a decade of writing about Drag Race ma…
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About the organization: Ali Forney Center



Ali Forney Center's (AFC) mission is to protect LGBTQ youth from the harms of homelessness while providing them with the tools they need to rebuild their lives. We operate a scattered-site housing program that provides beds nationally including one of the nation’s few Transgender Housing sites, run entirely by T/GNC individuals. Additionally, our drop in center provides comprehensive resources.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Ali Forney Center .
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Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 6 reviews.

Julia
May 2020
Tom and Lorenzo gave the best experience! They gave us an amazing sum-up of their book, and let us ask as many questions as we wanted. As a huge fan of their work it was a uniquely wonderful experience!
Courtney
May 2020
I've been a fan of these two for a while. They are entertaining as writers and speakers. Not only do they know their stuff, but you can tell they love everything about what they do!
Natalia
May 2020
I've had a great time with Thomas and Lorenzo! They offered a unique insight into drag culture with a very personal touch. Thank you so much! It was fun and very educational!
Gemma
May 2020
I loved this experience! Such a great friendly environment as well as being a great opportunity to learn so much about such an interesting community. Thank you so much!
Priyanka
May 2020
This was the best "book tour" I've ever attended. Was so cool to be able to ask questions and have a conversation rather than just watch a talk.
Jennifer
May 2020
What an amazing experience to meet these guys! It was really fun, and I learned a lot about queer culture. Thanks for a great, informative time!

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.