Drag nights for students in Edinburgh and Glasgow
- Arusa Qureshi
- 1 September 2017
Including Mothertucker, Let's Get Savage, The Rabbit Hole and Dive Queer Party
Drag has always been a vital part of LGBTQ+ culture and activism, from the queens that fought against police harassment at the Cooper Do-nuts Riot of 1959 to the key voices behind the Stonewall uprising of 1969. But despite this essential role that drag queens have played within the wider LGBTQ+ community, it has only been in the past decade or so, and certainly as a direct result of the success of RuPaul's Drag Race, that drag has truly exploded as a mainstream cultural phenomenon. Drag, in a way, has become the jewel in the crown of queer culture, encouraging a greater level of engagement with issues of gender and sexuality.
For those starting university, the process can be intimidating and overwhelming, perhaps all the more so if you identify as LGBTQ+. Luckily, Glasgow and Edinburgh are two cities with a huge array of networks where you can find support and friendship when you need it. The drag scenes in both cities are thriving and blossoming, providing more opportunities and safe spaces for members of the queer community to let loose, meet friends and generally enjoy university the way you're supposed to.
The drag scene in Glasgow is gaining a lot of traction, especially thanks to venues like AXM and Katie's Bar, who host tremendous nights. Past AXM headliners have included Violet Chachki, Latrice Royale and Kim Chi, with Adore Delano popping by for her birthday tour at the end of September and Sasha Velour expected on Fri 26 Jan and Tue 6 Feb. While it's great to see the queens of Drag Race make pit-stops in Scotland, make sure you don't forget to support your local queens too. Mothertucker at The Polo Lounge is a weird and wonderful weekly drag show starring Lacy Rain, CJ Banks, Perry Cyazine, October Fist, Ru Jazzle and guests.