Drag Dings: Queer history VS today

‘Drag Dings’ – a four episode show by Severus Heyn, aka Franz Genau, and Dan Chan who will be discussing, dissecting, and debating the Queer experience and culture in the UK, from a comedic drag artist perspective. 

Severus Heyn (he/him/his) 31 years old, German, works as an illustrator since 2012. His commissions span magazines, theater productions, party series, merchandise and international exhibitions. His guiding principle is ‘Visibility through power’. As part of this, a creates Queer events like the Queer Art Brunch Club (Q-ABC) in the Netherlands. Since 2021, Sev performs and hosts as his drag king alter ego Franz Genau. 

Dan Chan (they/them/theirs) 27 years old is a mixed race, non-binary visual artist, drag performer and producer who seeks to breakdown stereotypes of the mixed East and South East Asian experience. Their art aims to create representation and safer spaces for marginalised groups. They have performed and exhibited with Homotopia, Museum of Liverpool & the Tate.

How has drag and fluid gender expression been politicised historically and in the world we live in today? Drag can be a vehicle to raise awareness of social issues, we will discuss moments in queer history like Stonewall and Section 28, and how relevance to how trans+ people are portrayed in the media, and the direct action against this demographic faces by the UK government. Drag performers are key people in the queer nightlife community, but how can they become even more integrated in the community outside of this scene?

Fundraiser to support costs of Brianna Ghey’s funeral here.

List of vigils around the UK:

Tuesday, 14th February
Bristol: 6pm, College Green
Liverpool: 7pm, St George’s Hall
Wednesday 15 February
Belfast: 6pm, Belfast City Hall
Brighton: 6:30pm, Victoria Gardens
Cambridge: 7pm, Parker’s Piece
Derry: 6pm, Guildhall
Dublin: 6pm, The Spire
Gloucester: 6:30. outside the Knife Angel at
Gloucester Cathedral
Guilford: 7pm, outside Zero/Friary
Hastings: 7pm, Goat Ledge
Keele: 5pm, Keele University (Forest of Light)
Lancaster: 6:30pm, Dalton Square
London: 6pm, Department of Education
Lowestoft: 7pm, East Point Pavilion
Manchester: 7pm, Sackville Gardens
Shrewsbury: 7pm, The Square
Woking: 7pm, The Pride Hub (Station Approach)

16 February
Cardiff: 7pm, Tree of Life (Gorsedd Gardens)
Chatham: 6pm, Nucleus Arts (Chatham High Street)
Glasgow: 7pm, George Square
Hebden Bridge: 7pm, Bridge Gate
Portsmouth: 6.30pm Portsmouth Cathedral
Sheffield: 8pm, Peace Gardens
Southend-on-Sea: 6pm, Prittlewell Square Gardens
17 February
Aberystwyth: 6pm, Aberystwyth Bandstand
Birmingham: 6:30pm, outside the Hippodrome
Cantebruy: 6pm, Buttermarket
Chester: 7pm, Pride Rainbow Tearooms
Edinburgh: 12pm, Bristo Square
Nottingham: 7pm, Brian Clough Statue
Southampton: 6pm, The Peace Fountain
York: 6pm, St Helen’s Square

18 February
Aberdeen: 5pm, Mariscal College
Derby: 5:30pm, The Spot (Derby City Centre)
Exeter: 1pm, Exeter Cathedral
Hull: 3pm, Queen Victoria Square
Leeds: 3pm, Park Square
Leicester: 5:30, Clocktower
London: 3pm, Soho Square
Newcastle: 6pm, Times Square
Northampton: 4pm Northampton Unitarians
Reading: 7pm, Forbury Gardens
Wolverhampton: 12.15, Pride House

19 February
Lincoln: 6pm, Speaker’s Corner (Lincoln High St,
near Santander)
Oxford: 6pm, Radcliffe Square
Norwich: 1pm, Norwich City Hall
Plymouth: 5pm, New George Street (Sundial)

Sahir House is a HIV charity based in Liverpool. They offer free counselling to LGBTQIA+ people and there is currently no waiting list. They can be contacted on sahir.org.uk or 0151 673 1972.