March 28, 2023 ·

SLAC LGBTQ+ ERG Group Trip to RuPaul’s Drag Race


The LGBTQ+ ERG is organizing a SLAC group trip to RuPaul’s Drag Race Werq the World Tour on July 19 in San Francisco.

This will be a fun and unique experience, we hope you can join us! Sign up here by April 14 if you are interested.


What does drag mean to the LGBTQ+ community?

Drag refers to a form of entertainment in which performers, often men, challenge gender norms by dressing in clothing typically associated with the opposite gender. They usually exaggerate stereotypical characteristics historically assigned to a gender through accessories and artistic expression. Drag performances can be comedic, or dramatic in nature, often featuring music and dance. The visibility and popularity of drag culture have helped break down stereotypes and stigmas surrounding LGBTQ+ individuals, promoting greater acceptance and understanding in society at large.

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Drag has also been a form of resistance against societal norms and expectations. It has been used to subvert traditional gender roles, and to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. However, drag performances have also been the target of hate crimes, particularly from those who seek to marginalize and discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community. These attacks have recently transpired in the form of censorship or attempts to shut down drag shows and other LGBTQ+ events. Such actions are not only harmful to the individuals and communities directly affected but also represent a broader threat to freedom of expression and diversity. Drag performers and supporters often come together to fight against attempts to suppress their art and expression, and to promote acceptance and understanding of LGBTQ+ identities.

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Why does the LGBTQ+ ERG want to organize this SLAC group trip?

By organizing a group trip to RuPaul’s Drag Race, the LGBTQ+ ERG at SLAC is aiming to provide a supportive and inclusive environment where LGBTQ+ employees can connect with one another and feel more included in the workplace.


Attending a drag show is also a learning opportunity for allies of the LGBTQ+ community. By experiencing firsthand the creativity and diversity of drag culture, allies can gain a better understanding of the experiences and challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals, and become more informed and supportive advocates


Drag shows are also a fun and entertaining way to promote diversity and inclusion. This event is open to all, and we hope this helps to break down barriers and stereotypes, and promotes a more positive and accepting culture in the lab.


Are you excited to join us for this fabulous show ? Don’t forget to sign up here by April 14 if you are interested.

Email the LGBTQ+ ERG Council or post on our Slack channel if you have questions/comments/suggestions.


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