Here are some simplified terms to better understand drag and the LGBTQ* community.
Cis-gender: A term used for someone who identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth. Cis is a Latin term meaning “on this side of”.
Drag: The performance of gender which has historically been performed in LGBTQ* communities and events.
“You can’t assume someone’s gender based on what they perform.“- Nadine Boulay PhD Candidate
Drag Kings: Commonly understood to be women who dress and perform as men.
Drag Queens: Commonly understood to be men who dress and perform as women.
Drag Thing: Someone who identifies as non-binary and performs gender in varying ways. Coined by Rae Takei aka Rose Butch to identify their drag.
LGBTQ*: An acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer. The asterisk means this is not a complete list of queer identities and it should include identities like Two-Spirited,
Non-binary: Someone who identifies their gender identity outside of the gender binary (male and female).
Trans: Often used as a blanket term referring to someone who identifies their gender as other than what they were assigned at birth. Can refer to someone who has transitioned from male to female or female to male. Can also refer to someone who does not identify as male or female. Trans is a Latin word meaning “on the other side of”.