Paris is Burning – Drag Queen Wisdom
This is a clip from the very end of the documentary “Paris is Burning,” which is about the development of drag and transgender culture amongst black and Latino queer communities in New York City during the 80s. It’s a moving and insightful look into the world of drag balls, voguing, “houses,” “realness,” and the difficulties (and dangers) of being queer.
Here’s a transcription of this clip:
Dorian Corey: “I always had hopes of being a big star, and then I looked… as you get older you aim a little lower. And I just say, well, yeah you still might make an impression. Everybody wants to leave something behind them, some impression, some mark upon the world. And then you think, you’ve left a mark upon the world if you just get through it and a few people remember your name. Then you’ve left a mark. You don’t have to bend the whole world. I think it’s better to just enjoy it… pay your dues and enjoy it. If you shoot an arrow and it goes real high, hooray for you.”