I thought I should tell you about something I see at almost every drag show I attend. If you have never been to a drag show, you are missing out on one of the most entertaining things you will ever see. If you have attended a drag show before, I have no doubt that you have seen it. It's something I like to call "the inner drag queen."
What is that, you may ask? Well, it's when someone in the audience, mainly gay men, but sometimes women, and on rare occasions straight men, begins performing to the drag queen's number. I find it extremely humorous. You are watching the show, and all of a sudden an audience member starts dancing and singing to the song like all eyes are on them.
Now, most of them stay where they are seated or standing; however, there are those for whom that is not enough, and they dance up to the drag queen with a dollar bill in their mouth and begin to perform along with the queen. It just cracks me up. Now you have the queen performing and an audience member who is waving their hands and shaking their hips like they are part of the show. You can see this inner drag queen at every type of venue, small or large. I have seen it in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton, Ohio.
I have not seen any queen react poorly to the inner drag queen. To be honest, I think that the majority of them enjoy it, because it shows that their performance has moved that individual. I know Vivian is one of those queens. She feeds off the audience, so the more the audience is into her number, the better her number is. Plus, Vivian loves to play with audience members, especially the inner drag queens.
So for those of you with an inner drag queen, let her out. Just remember to always respect the drag queen while she is performing.
This blog post originally appeared on Diary of a Drag Queen's Husband.