Welcome to BET.com's 12 Days of Pride series where, with the help of seasoned drag queen and RuPaul's Drag Race alum Shangela Laquifa Wadley, we break down 12 standout reasons why LGBT Pride is to be celebrated, especially within the Black community.
In the second installment of the series, we celebrate drag queens' indelible contribution to LGBT culture.
Today, thanks to the global phenomenon and commercial success of RuPaul's Drag Race, spearheaded by arguably the most recognized and celebrated drag queen in history RuPaul Charles, the art form has garnered a more mainstream appreciation.
In the earlier days, however, drag was considered more of an underground form of expression where men would transform into beautifully exaggerated forms of women, ranging from several shapes, sizes, complexions and aesthetics.
Our very own Shangela even speaks first-hand on her experience as a well-known drag queen, having appeared on season two of RuPaul's Drag Race, and going on to have a prestigious career of her very own.
Watch her break down why drag culture is such an important component of LGBT Pride in the video, above.
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