Politicizing Queerness: An Examination of the Current Drag Scene at Tufts

A beloved class returned to Tufts last fall for the first time since spring 2018: Critical Drag. Professor Kareem Khubchandani—also known as their drag persona LaWhore Vagistan—taught this course under the Theatre and Performance Studies Department, culminating in an end-of-semester showcase. The course’s description noted that it offered students the chance to create individual drag personas and performances that consider the “intersections of gender, nationality, race, class, and disability to understand the implications of putting gender on the body, on stage, and in everyday life.” The course has inspired an enthusiastic interest in drag for many students, as well as the creation of the newly-formed Jumbo Drag Collective.