Drag from a female’s performer’s perspective
What I love about San Francisco drag is it’s celebration of diversity, even within a fringe community
We had the pleasure of chatting with up and coming San Francisco queen Creme Fatale (aka Nereida Alvarez) — a genetic woman (one of the many terms we use in San Francisco to respectfully clarify that we are just referring to a person with XX chromosomes)
I am so grateful for having discovered the diversity of gender expression in San Francisco. Discovering the complexity of your own gender by expressing it in different ways is natural (Not “normal”, as normal by definition means being average in a world controlled by cultural norms set by various controlling powers, advertising and entertainment being two of the most powerful). As we see more and more drag queens and trans folks in the media, it’s great to hear the perspective of a genetic woman who does drag.
One of the ironies of drag we learned, is a level of mysogeny in that community (outside San Francisco). I suppose there are many reasons for that — one of which perhaps is that it brings up the competition to be pretty several notches. Another irony of drag is that it’s most beautiful when it’s not about being pretty — Drag to most San Franciscans in the community is about bringing people together who want to express themselves in various ways and enjoy the company of other “weirdo” and non-conformists. And this is the antithesis of how the mainstream largely depicts drag — probably because in the usual Hollywood style of selling drama (not true reality), we need to keep it simple and mix sexuality with conflict to sell it in a mass medium. Too bad, I wish the media was a more powerful mechanism to spread the joy of diversity instead of injecting a Diva us-vs-them attitude into our collective.
You can see of Creme at https://www.facebook.com/NereidaAlvarez