Understanding and becoming a part of drag culture takes more than just having a fabulous dress, fancy make-up, and a penchant for drama. It is more than just being a man in women’s clothing. It is about the feeling you get when you put that costume on, and unleash the personality that’s been raging to get out, to be seen and heard on every level.

Many of us have personalities that we wear only on the inside, often keeping them disguised and hidden within the protected walls of our hearts. It screams to be let out, to let its voice be heard. “This is the real me!” it wants to shout.

Taking that first step is often the hardest when it comes to trying anything new. Perhaps you’ve always had a tendency for dramatic flair, fashion and fun. Or maybe you’re just the opposite. Quiet, shy, and afraid of what people will think.

The first step in trying this new venture is to do what feels right and natural for you. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there, to be judged. It can be scary being vulnerable in a way you’ve never been before. You might worry what your parents and friends will think. What you need to worry about is what you will think and how you will feel. Is this something that will make you feel good about yourself?
Something you’d have fun with, something to make you feel like you belong? You’re the only one that matters. How you feel about yourself is the only thing that matters.

Drag Culture is everywhere, and can be found in just about every nook and cranny in most cities.  Take it from Sharon Needles, a Pittsburgh native who made a name for herself on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Find your niche and make a name for yourself. Most of all, don’t be afraid of who you are, and never quiet the voice inside.