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The #MyDragIsValid Hashtag Claps Back at Those Who Put Labels or Limits on Drag

On Saturday, RuPaul’s Drag Race host RuPaul started a firestorm when he said in an interview with the Guardian that women who perform in drag and transgender women who are physically transitioning would probably not be allowed on Drag Race.

“Drag loses its sense of danger and its sense of irony once it’s not men doing it, because at its core it’s a social statement and a big f-you to male-dominated culture,” RuPaul told the Guardian. “So for men to do it, it’s really punk rock, because it’s a real rejection of masculinity.”

He added, “You can identify as a woman and say you’re transitioning, but it changes once you start changing your body.”

RuPaul specifically spoke about trans contestant Peppermint and pointed out that she was allowed to compete because she had not yet gotten breast implants.

After the interview, queer women, trans men and trans women began sharing their drag looks on Twitter with the hashtag #MyDragIsValid to counteract the idea that there are people who should be left out of the art form.

Some people simply tweeted their adoration and appreciation for people using the hashtag.

Drag performer and Drag Race queen Phi Phi O’Hara even tweeted about how fierce the hashtag’s looks are.

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Mathew Rodriguez

Mathew is a staff writer at INTO. His work has appeared in Mic, Slate and Complex. He loves "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Flannery O'Connor and female rappers and is working on a memoir.

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