“Am I going to push the boundaries? Am I going to challenge expectations? Am I going to do it proudly?”
they/them & he/him
Q: Gender’s such a drag!
A: Yes, gender is such a drag… In the ways we dress, act, and interact with others everyday we highlight various aspects of our gender; and drag has always been about gender and challenging the heteronormative gender binary. This lens has been critical to my studies at Macalester in gender identity and drag performance, specifically looking toward drag as not merely a politicized challenge to traditional gender expectations or reinforcement of normative gender identities, but rather understanding that the process and act of drag creates an opportunity for gender identity exploration and transformation. With my experience through drag, I have been able to examine how I exhibit my own gender on and off the stage and the implications of both my femininities and masculinities. Once we truly have that understanding, we can see how gender really is just an act of drag! To hear more about my reflections on gender and drag, queer community organizing, and the importance of living actively queer lives, listen to my interview HERE.
They/Them Project episode 4 features Seth Justice who has been using they/them pronouns for 1.5 years. They are a political science & gender studies major at Macalester College. Seth also does work with OutFront Minnesota as a political organizer doing, and is proud of their work in this last falls election where two trans people of color were elected in Minnsota, Andrea Jenkins & Phillipe Cunningham. Seth touches on political questioning of “what does representation mean,” “why does it matter,” and “how to do politics queer?”
Seth is the self proclaimed “Twin Cities Drag Hag” which created a great conversation of how drag is a perfect way to express and discover ones gender identity. One of their most used hashtags is #oneofthem which stems from Them on instagram and originated from a the NYC magazine. Seth expresses why they use the hashtag, and their feelings of what it’s like being “gender queer,” “being looked at differently, being the them, being on the edge of society and reflecting on that… reflecting on how to push those boundaries and how do it proudly.”—
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