The origin of the term drag queen is debated, but it is likely that the term drag dates back to 1870 when is was a slang word for “female attire worn by a man.” There is also a long history of drag queens in South Florida dating back to the 1940s. While July 16th is recognized as international drag day, October is LGBTQ+ History Month.

Thursday, the Multicultural Activities Council (MAC) hosted their own celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month with the Drag-O-Ween Bash in the University Student Center ballrooms. The event included a drag show, food, music and a costume contest.

Photos courtesy of Gavin Jones/Connect.

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It is also important to note the differences between a transgender person, a transvestite and a drag queen. A transgender person is someone who does not identify with their assigned sex, while a transvestite is a male who enjoys wearing women’s clothing. Both differ from a drag queen, who usually dress in women’s clothing for entertainment and artistic expression.

Information for this article was gathered from https://lgbthistorymonth.com, http://www.miaminewtimes.com/arts/meet-some-of-south-floridas-best-drag-queens-8366951, https://www.huffingtonpost.com/lgbt-news/10-historical-photos-and-_b_6625060.html

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