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RuPaul's Drag Race Finalist Challenges Australian TV Execs

By Matt Demarco

Published: 20:45 NZST, 11 April 2024 | Updated: 20:47 NZST, 11 April 2024

Introduction

RuPaul's Drag Race star Hannah Conda, known offstage as Chris Collins, has taken a stand against the prevailing attitudes of Australian television executives. Despite the global success of the RuPaul franchise, drag queens continue to face resistance in mainstream Australian media.

The Conversation

Hannah recently engaged in a candid conversation with a high-ranking TV executive who bluntly stated, "Australia's not ready to see this queer stuff." However, Hannah firmly disagrees with this assessment, emphasizing that visibility and humanization are key to changing perceptions.

Visibility Matters

While Australia celebrates iconic drag film Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and enthusiastically participates in events like Mardi Gras, drag queens struggle to find consistent work outside of these limited contexts. Hannah believes that showcasing drag queens in everyday situations can bridge the gap and foster acceptance.

Hannah Conda's Journey

Hannah Conda, runner-up in the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under (2022), continued her success by reaching the finals in RuPaul's Drag Race UK versus The World. Her journey from the Perth drag scene to international fame has been marked by resilience and a commitment to education.

Drag Storytime

In 2016, Hannah co-founded "Drag Storytime," a groundbreaking initiative where she reads to children while dressed in drag. Through these sessions, she aims to teach young minds about inclusion, acceptance, and love. Despite facing criticism from some quarters, Hannah remains steadfast in her mission.

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