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I'm a Bisexual Drag Artist Who is About to be a Biological Dad

Author: Patruni Chidananda Sastry
Author Contact: SexualDiversity.org
Published: 28th Apr 2023
Peer-Reviewed Publication: N/A
Additional References: Bisexualality Publications

Summary: As an openly bi person, having a child of my own was always a dream. For me to think of it was a rollercoaster of emotions.

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Drag Queen

A Drag Queen is a performer (typically male) who adopts a flamboyant parody-like feminine persona and adorns herself with glamorous exaggerated costumes and make-up.

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I am a Drag Queen and a to-be Dad.

Finally, I am here to share this with you all: I and my wife, Raji, are going to be parents. It is so special and awesome for me to share this news that we are welcoming a new part of our soul to this world. As a trans-non-binary person, I couldn't ever think of a day, or which word to use, for me to be a parent. But I feel comfortable and prepared to be called Dad.

I never thought I could be a parent and the thought itself would cause me fear. All I wanted was to go with the flow and accept what the universe had to offer. [After thinking it might never happen] it felt surreal for me to walk into the ultrasound lab and listen to the heartbeat and see [my biological child] moving. I felt as if a part of myself was blossoming into beauty. I feel lucky and loveable to have Raji next to me and to make every day of my life beautiful. I may be one of the first every drag performers in India who is also becoming a biological Dad.

As an openly bi person, having a child of my own was always a dream. For me to think of it was a rollercoaster of emotions.

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Drag Dad and Pregnant Mom - Photo credit: Apporva Gupta.Drag Dad and Pregnant Mom - Photo credit: Apporva Gupta.

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[After Raji became pregnant] it was Raji's and my decision to speak out and share this with pride. We are aware that this news, a bisexual drag queen and his wife having a biological child, would create a mix of reactions among people, which would include questions about my choices. But all I could say was there is nothing creating more happiness in my life than getting to live this reality. I waited long for this and always had a vision of having my baby on board.

The reason I chose to be in drag while sharing this was that I wanted to be my true self. Sharing glitter and glam with my baby and celebrating it widely. I feel excited to be a dad who is a drag queen. A dad who is his true self.

Now this journey is not easy, I am still not fully prepared to face the reality of how to raise them, give them support, or teach them to fight discrimination which they would face because of my queerness, but one thing we are aware of: we want to raise our kid as we wanted to be raised ourselves. What we will do is teach love, empathy, and joy to them.

I got the courage to speak about it only by seeing strong queer couples being themselves and celebrating their new journeys with their kids. We share this with you in that same spirit. We hope to offer support.

And we are sharing this with the hope of receiving love and support in this journey.

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• (APA): Patruni Chidananda Sastry. (2023, April 28). I'm a Bisexual Drag Artist Who is About to be a Biological Dad. SexualDiversity.org. Retrieved May 24, 2024 from www.sexualdiversity.org/news/bi/1165.php


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