Despite the popularity of drag culture in Miami and its role in the city’s LGBTQ+ community, drag queens still face discrimination and marginalization from some members of the community and society at large. This photo will explore the experiences of drag queens in Miami, highlighting the challenges they face and the ways in which they are working to overcome them.
In this photo essay, we meet Tifanny, a transgender drag queen performer. Tiffany emigrated from Colombia with her gay twin brother Oscar, since in their country of origin they were rejected and discriminated against. Today, they are the successful artists of acrobatic salsa, performing at different clubs and theaters in South Florida. They have also participated in national competitions and network television.
Tiffany’s work as a drag performer is the main source of income for the family. The restrictions being proposed nationwide and locally by Governor DeSantis puts that income in jeopardy.
Giulia Barbieri is a senior majoring in Digital Journalism with an area of concentration in International Relations and Political Science. Currently, she is an Editorial Reality intern at NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises.
Pia Cevallos is a student of Digital Communication and Interactive Media at Florida International University. She enjoys meeting new people, being in constant learning of social media strategies, and has a good relationship with the camera. Her main goal is to become a content creator or social media manager in the fashion industry.
Arianna Otero is a student studying Digital Journalism with a concentration in Political Science. Some of her interests include video games, pop culture, and music. After graduation, she wishes to continue her career in journalism focusing on politics and radio.