When you think of Drag Race, the runways, drama, and lip-syncs are probably the first things that come to mind.카지노사이트
But the award-winning franchise, which debuted in 2009, has always provided more.
The show has provided a forum for contestants to discuss serious issues such as homophobia, addiction, conversion therapy, rejection, mental health, abuse, and gender identity.
What exactly is conversion therapy, and will it be prohibited?
For many people, Drag Race is likely to be their first exposure to drag culture or to LGBT people on mainstream television.
That was the case for Belfast’s Blu Hydrangea, who is competing in the new BBC Three spin-off Drag Race UK vs The World.
The first episode aired as part of BBC Three’s inaugural night this week, when the channel returned to television screens for the first time since 2016.
The show brings together queens who have competed in previous series from around the world, as well as a judge from the Thailand series who is competing for the first time.
“I wasn’t sure what it was like to be gay,” Blu tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.
Blu claims she began watching the show when she was 11 years old.
“I was living in a village in the middle of Northern Ireland, which is already quite out of step.”
Blu says the show provided the LGBT education she was missing in school, and she wants to see more of it in Northern Ireland classrooms.
“I heard stories about people who went through conversion therapy, people who were rejected by their families, and they were able to overcome that,” Blu adds.
“It’s not a complete education; people should still go out and find resources,” she says, “but it will definitely help you get through those times and realize there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”
“There are children at home who may not feel supported by the people around them.”
‘It also educates parents.’
A conversation between non-binary queens Bimini and Ginny Lemon in the second series of Drag Race UK had a huge impact on viewers who identified in the same way.
Non-binary individuals do not identify as either male or female.
One 22-year-old viewer told BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat that watching their conversation with their mother allowed them to discuss their gender identity at home for the first time.
Baga Chipz believes that seeing such conversations will benefit young viewers who come from less supportive families.
“They could be bullied at school, or they could be struggling at home, with family members and all that,” Baga says.
“So seeing us on TV is basically saying, it does get better – it gets much better.”
“It’s not just about showing kids that there are people out there who are like them; it’s also about educating parents.”
And, according to Essex queen Cheryl Hole, the impact extends beyond individual households and can aid in making society more accepting.
“I believe that, while we have made progress as a country, we must continue to fight for equal rights, particularly for the trans community and people of color,” Cheryl tells Newsbeat.
According to a recent Council of Europe report, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Poland, the Russian Federation, and Turkey all have “extensive and often virulent attacks on the rights of LGBTI people.” 바카라사이트
“Our voices and our stories must be heard, especially now,” Cheryl adds.
“While the world is changing and progressing, we still need representation in the mainstream media more than ever.”
But it’s not just the audience who learns about LGBT lives, experiences, and history from the show; sometimes it’s the cast as well.
Blu, Cheryl, and Baga all appeared on Drag Race UK’s first season in 2019.
“There were so many people in my season who were unaware of Section 28 – and conversations like that,” Cheryl says.
Section 28 was a law passed by a Conservative government in 1988 that prohibited councils and schools from “promoting the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.”
Section 28 was discussed on the show.
“It really opened people’s eyes to realize, ‘God, we struggled as a community before.'”
“And I think it’s important to remember Stonewall and when we first got marriage equality rights – things like that need to be taught and discussed.”
Blu admits that appearing on the show allowed her to learn more about the lives of LGBT people.
“Being in that workroom taught me a lot about being queer and different cultures,” she says.
“I can only imagine how it must be for someone at home.”온라인카지노