Best Of: Adapting drag during the pandemic
Like all live performers, from actors to musicians, people who perform drag have had to adapt and change during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some performers started doing outdoor shows, while others pivoted online — live streaming their performances or creating video content for their followers. There have even been drag competitions on Instagram.
The 21st was joined by two central Illinois drag performers to talk about different ways that drag artists have had to adjust to performing in the pandemic.
Jess Schlipf (they/them) / Spank Knightly (he/him)
Champaign-Urbana based drag king
Sharon ShareAlike (she/her)
Photos courtesy Spank Knightly
Prepared for web by Owen Henderson
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