There’s ComicCon, and AdultCon, FilmCon and James Caan. This weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center, there’s DragCon – that’s drag as in drag shows.
The two day convention that starts Saturday is being billed as the “art of drag, queer culture and self-expression for all.”
Men dressing as women is nothing new. But it’s not the taboo that it once was, as it’s gained a mainstream audience in recent years, largely thanks to the Logo cable show RuPaul’s Drag Race.
“The younger generation of kids, they don’t know about the taboo or the stigma,” RuPaul said. “Obviously in a male-dominated culture, masculinity still rules. But there’s a new breed of young thought, that it’s all opened up and they want to celebrate, they want to wear everything, and they don’t even question it the way people my age had questioned it.”
RuPaul, who is putting on DragCon this weekend, talked to KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis about his career, reality TV and drag as a means of self-expression.