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Drag performers say they endure racist catcalls from the audience

Racism in the LGBT community extends further than just dating apps and opinions about adding black and brown stripes to the Pride flag, it can also be present in the very spaces the community calls safe and diverse. Specifically inconsiderate attendees at drag shows.   

United Kingdom performers Sum-Ting-Wong and Tia Kofi talk openly about the kind of racist language they hear while performing at LGBT bars in Europe.

Their discussion falls on the heels of the controversy surrounding Manchester Pride and National Student Pride’s decision to adopt the color-altered Pride flag. 

The artists follow the idiom "Knowledge is Power" and believe that snickering at an inappropriate remark is a form of collusion. 

"Everyone needs to understand its the little things, like if you laugh along because you don’t want to cause a scene, that all adds up," Sum-Ting-Wong says.

And it's not just the audience either. Performers can get "too close to the edge" in their material Tia Kofi says and she encourages people to speak up and tell the venue it's not appreciated.

This video discussion is in anticipation of the "Pride, not Prejudice" panel at the 2019  National Student Pride event at the University of Westminster.

"Effectively, we want to educate not only our audience but the whole community, on how to challenge racism," said video director Luca Mitchell. "We must not be complicit in an issue that affects our queer brothers, sisters, and siblings."

She says she hopes her video will "crack open the door to a wider discussion that will take place on the 23rd of February for our Pride not Prejudice panel in collaboration with Attitude Magazine."