Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department or Program
Second Department or Program
Miguel de Baca
Drag is a performance identity that is based in gay culture. Drag has recently become popularized through various visual media. This study uses visual media and political queer theory to analyze drag’s association with the building block of society: the family unit. Through use of contemporary content analysis and survey data, this thesis examines how the rise of drag in visual media, specifically the television show RuPaul’s Drag Race, has transformed the political structure of drag families. This thesis also argues for a family structure model that is based on collective identity, which has resulted in the popularization of chosen families.
Way, Christopher D., "We Are Family! I’ve Got My Drag Sisters With Me: An Examination of the Relationship Between Visual Media and Drag Family Structure" (2014). Senior Theses.