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'Drag Studies' Course to Be Offered at UK University

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You better work -- to pass the UK's first approved drag studies course.

Starting next year, performing arts students at Edge Hill University, will be able to take "Drag Kings and Drag Queens of Performance," the first higher-education course focused on how the art of drag blurs existing boundaries between sexuality, identity and gender.

Located right outside of Liverpool, home to a prominent LGBTQ scene and Britain's first and only sanctioned gay quarter, Edge Hill seems like an appropriate place to educate students about the implications of drag and how it has been used as a tool for advancing gay cultural and related political agendas.

The course will not only allow students to "explore drag as a highly camp performance art," but "also engages with complex gender, feminist and queer theory to explore the social and political implication of 'doing gender' in performance," as senior lecturer Mark Edward said. "There's a lot more to drag studies than wigs, make-up and high heels," he told Pink News, as the course will also explore the relation of costuming, LGBT theater and HIV/AIDS activism to drag.

Let's just hope that the final is a lip sync for your life.

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