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Texas Christian University Launches Drag Queen Course That Grades Students On Dancing Ability

FORT WORTH, TX. - Texas Christian University (TCU) has recently introduced a course titled "The Queer Art of Drag" which involves students performing lip syncs, creating alter drag queen personas, and studying sexually explicit music.

The Women and Gender Studies Department at TCU allegedly added the course on drag during the spring semester of 2023. The course is instructed by Dr. Nino Testa, an associate professor of Professional Practice, Women and Gender Studies, who performs under the drag name "Maria von Clapp." 

According to TCU's webpage, the course suggests reading materials that include an article from the Huffington Post. The article aims to differentiate between drag performances and blackface. The writer argues that blackface is outdated, while drag is a common practice that occurs whenever people put on clothing.


The university's course resources include videos by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group that is known for their unbiblical approach to Christianity. The group allegedly consists of individuals who identify as queer and trans nuns and perform drag while making derogatory remarks about the crucifix and Christianity. According to the Los Angeles Times, the group made an appearance at the LA Dodgers' Pride Night after receiving an award.

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According to the Daily Mail, the course does not adhere to the gender binary and includes a study topic called "What Even is Gender?" The course also supposedly introduces students to texts such as "The Gender Binary is a Tool of White Supremacy" by Kravitz Marshall, a bisexual blogger.

There have been medical organizations, journal articles, and biologists who have discredited those questioning the gender binary.

Students are assigned to study the history of drag, sex work, and the song "WAP" by Cardi B.

According to the Daily Mail, students are expected to complete several tasks related to creating a drag persona. These tasks include naming their persona, providing a description, creating a greeting, posing, writing a reflective essay, and performing a one-minute lip sync. 

Upon completion of the course, students are reportedly expected to participate in TCU's Annual Night of Drag by performing for a duration of one to two minutes. The Daily Mail reports that students who wish to achieve a grade higher than an A- have the option to take part in a group performance at the Spectrum Drag Show on the same evening.

Social media accounts belonging to TCU Student Affairs reportedly shared videos showcasing performances by students. Individuals who participated in the event wore various types of drag clothing, with some opting for more conservative attire while others chose to wear "bralettes and suspenders."

Texas has recently passed a law that prohibits sex change surgeries for minors. This decision has been met with strong opposition from some individuals who support gender ideology and believe that children should be included in it.

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