I have a very small makeup caboodle. I have a moderate (but probably small by comparison) clothing collection of what would be considered drag-appropriate in my opinion. In the short time that I’ve spent applying said makeup to my body and wearing said clothing, I’ve gained a pretty deep appreciation of what it’s like to express that aspect. I have nowhere near the talent and experience that the area drag queens have that I have seen in my days. They deserve our credit, both in thanks and in dollars.
Tip Your Queens
This is a very simple thing to do. When a queen comes out on stage, have your dollar ready to hand them. Most venues provide a space for them to make a walk through the crowd or have a stage to perform on. Let them at least get through their first verse into the chorus if you’re going to walk up to them, as I’ve been told by more than one queen. It is, after all, a show. 🙂
If you really liked their performance, tip them some more. I guarantee you that they’ll pay attention to this and be even more appreciative of your second dollar, not that your first dollar doesn’t mean anything.
At Least A Dollar…
The biggest show that I’ve been to had six queens that performed one song in a show, and there were two shows that evening. If I tipped only one dollar to each of those queens, that would put me out a whole $6 for one show. It isn’t going to break my bank, and will mean the world to them.
I’ve been told by some people that they won’t tip if it’s not a good performance by the queen. I’ve thought about it, and I’ve come to realize that we’re the people who aren’t on stage, who haven’t put on hundreds of dollars worth of makeup and clothing to sing a three-and-a-half minute song in front of a bunch of people. To be frank, even if the queen stood there and barely mumbled the words to the song while standing perfectly still, they’d still be doing something more brave than even I have the balls to do at this time in my life. I feel that deserves, at the very least, a dollar from my wallet. If they slayed you, brought you back to life, and gave your life meaning with their performance, then by all means make sure that they are aware of how much that meant to you by tipping accordingly! 😉
These Shows Are A Privilege
We are privileged to be an audience in these drag shows and participate in something that has been in our culture for a very, very long time. We need to remember this and support those who are trying (and succeeding) at keeping this beat alive. Without this, some of our night clubs wouldn’t be any different than any other loud bar with drink specials and dancers. Well, maybe not exactly…we do get better pours on our drinks by and large, but that’s just my opinion.
Anyway! My point in all this is not to sound preachy, but to remind us all that there are so many wonderful things about gay culture that we shouldn’t be taking for granted. It doesn’t cost us a lot to show a small amount of gratitude to those who entertain us for an evening. The bonds that we will form with these queens as we share time with them on this Earth will provide so many amazing stories for us to pass on to future generations who can then be inspired to stand up on that stage and do the same thing.