Doncaster's only drag group offers safe space for the LGBTQ+ community with monthly drag show

Once a month one of Doncaster’s bar’s is transformed into a drag show - welcoming people from all walks of life to express themselves.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 11:48 am

Fluidity is Doncaster’s only drag group - they have been together for eighteen months and are comprised of four drag queens and a drag king.

Bipolar Abdul, aged 30, co-founder of the drag group Fluidity, said: “It all started after the Hall Cross shut down and there was no safe space for the LGBTQ+ community.

“So we formed Fluidity - it’s more than just a drag show, it’s an atmosphere.

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Fluidity performing.

“It’s an all-inclusive event, not just for people who are into drag.

“It’s for anybody who struggles to fit in or feels uncomfortable down Silver Street.”

The drag nights are held at Decade’s bar, on the first Saturday of the month - their next show is on February 1, and is Valentine-themed.

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Anna Phoria, aged 32, host, said: “It’s a night where you can get dressed up, see performers and listen to modern music in an all-inclusive space.”

“We think it’s pretty essential that we have this safe space.

“It’s important that we stand up and that we’re visible - there’s just nothing else like this in Doncaster.

“We bring a big city vibe to a small town.”

Fluidity at anarchy hair.

Fluidity often gets visitors from London and Manchester coming to their events.

Bipolar has been doing drag for four years - competing in UK wide competitions as well as founding Fluidity.

She said: “I’ve always been creative but I couldn’t put my finger on what I wanted to do with it.

“I can’t paint, draw or sculpt so I wasn’t doing reyt well - dressed as a goth for a while.

“I always thought I couldn’t do drag because I’m a woman but then I realised that there are no rules and jumped in.”

The drag queens ask that if you do attend their events that guests are considerate of etiquette.

“There’s a difference between drag and drag race,” Bipolar continued.

“We’re gritty, artsy and different - it’s a form of creative self-expression.

“Please don’t touch the queens and be respectful of those around you.”