OUTthink – Polly Filla – The Psychology of Drag
What prompts a gay man to become a drag queen? Or, for that matter, a lesbian to become a drag king?
Is it performance art? Is it a psychological mask? Is it a creation of ‘someone more fabulous’, aimimng to reach more visually for the ‘ideal self’?
Love them or hate them, drag queens and kings are often seen as the face of the gay community. They’re highly visual and recognisable, whereas many gay men will go through life not being ‘obvious’. You could see them as the court jester or as some form of demi-god; the reality is that, when in drag, another version of their self comes forward and they can often get away with so much more than they would out of drag.
You also need to consider those drag performers who have been almost covert in their activism. Legendary Melbourne performer Kerrie Le Gore was instrumental in bringing the Safe Sex message to the Melbourne community when it desperately needed.
A little while back, I wrote an article on the psychology of drag and I thought it might be interesting to turn the topic into an OUTthink podcast. Who better to invite to do this than Polly Filla, who is one of the more artistic and creative performers that I know.
About our guest, Polly Filla
You can see more of Polly on her Youtube Channel. Tickets to Polly’s show will be available on the Fringe Festival website in August.
Mentioned in this podcast
You might want to also check out “The Real Drag Queens of Melbourne” which features both Miss Paris and Miss Candee who were mentioned in the podcast.
About OUTthink – An LGBT Podcast
OUTthink is a fortnightly podcast aimed at shining a light into topics of mental health and mental wellbeing relating to the LGBTQIA+ community. As a community, we need to be able to discuss topics that are uniquely related to the gay, lesbian, transgender and the many diverse labels in-between, that impact on our psychological well-being.