Peach of the Midwest

Peach of the Midwest is from Champaign, IL, and is a proud member of the House of Carrington. She is self-described as a glamour and dancing queen. She defines drag as the freedom to do what you want…freedom to dance as if no one is watching!

Instagram: @peachofthemidwest


Micro-podcast: Featured excerpts from interview
Audio of Full Interview – Part 1
Audio of Full Interview – Part 2


Transcript of above micro-podcast

On April 9th 2021 I really had the pleasure of interviewing a miss Peach of the midwest Carrington. she describes her drag as an outlet for everybody and is a place where you allow yourself to be whatever you want and showcase your talent. And she is a very big advocate for the drag community and being inclusive to everyone. Here is what she had to say when I asked her. “What do you think is the purpose of drag?”

Chelsey: Umm, what do you think is the purpose of drag is?
Peach of the Midweat: The purpose of drag is an outlet for everybody. It allows you to be yourself and not only just that, it allows you to showcase your talent. I know a lot of uh talented individuals, they struggle with depression, they struggle with mental illnesses and this is like their escape for them, so…ya..

Chelsey:
mm hmmm..okay. Good. Good.


Bohnert, Chelsey. 2021. Interview with Peach of the Midwest. Sociology of Drag, SIUE. April, 9. https://ezratemko.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Drag-Artist-Portrait-Interview-Transcription-4.docx

Full Interview Transcript

Chelsey:

Alrighty I’ve got the audio recording now, The first thing I want to go over is that you have read the research participation form. Im going to go ahead and go over it really quick. It just says you are being invited to participate in a research project about drag. This project is being conducted by the Art of Drag class at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, taught by sociologist Ezra Temko.

If you agree to participate in this study, I will interview you about your experiences with drag and your thoughts about drag. Our hope is that this research can help us learn more about contemporary experiences and perceptions of drag artists regarding drag. It will also contribute to a collection of interviews my students began in a Sociology of Drag course in Spring 2019 that will help to educate the broader public and serve as a resource for others interested in researching or learning more about drag.

Your interview will likely take approximately 30 minutes, though if you have time constraints or more or less to say, the interview can be shortened, lengthened, or broken up over multiple sessions. So, we can do more tomorrow if you’d like.

Your interview will be audio recorded so that we can accurately transcribe and thus have accurate records of what you said. The audio of your interview as well as a transcript of the interview will be published and otherwise reported in manners accessible to the public. (Video recording is also an option if you would prefer.) Which is what I am going to do, but your video won’t be submitted Your interview will be attributed to you using your drag name. If, during your interview, you share your real name, that will also be attributed to you, unless you tell us to remove that from the recording and transript.

Me: Is it okay that we use your real name?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington: yes

 If you ask us to remove your real name, we will do so (to the extent allowed by law).

Participation in this research is voluntary. You may choose to not answer any question. You may decide you no longer want to participate at any time. There is no compensation for participating and there is no penalty for not participating. By participating in this interview, you encounter the risk of your words being used against you in your professional or personal life, just like other public statements you might make. Participation in this project is expected to present minimal risk.

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Please contact our principal investigator Ezra Temko with any questions, concerns and I can give you his email and phone number if you need it.


Chelsey: 

Alright, So you are doing good today?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

I’m doing pretty good, how about yourself?

Chelsey: Im doing pretty good, I just can’t hear very well. (laugh)

 Peach of the Midwest Carrington: How is the covid goin so far?

Chelsey: 

It’s going, its going, I feel fine. I just know I have an ear infection. I just know I have to get over this before I fly so…

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Oh good, so its working out pretty good, didn’t have  any horrible symptoms or anything?

Chelsey:

No, I mean I was just wiped out for about a week and umm I just, the secondary thing is what’s getting me right.

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Oh okay, when I had it, I had somewhat of a cough and then like my cough has lingered like on and on so I’ve been taking robitussin so…

Chelsey:

Ya I’ve been doing the Mucinex, that’s been working for me.

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

oh okay. Ya cuz its good to do that and some tea because I noticed um that that mucus will just sit there.

Chelsey:

Oh yea! Well I mean since we are on the subject of covid, that’s one of the interview questions.

Chelsey: 

What has the COVID-19 pandemic meant for your life as a drag artist?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Oh my goodness (laughter) honestly, covid has stopped everything for a drag queen, I’m telling you. We are having to get creative, um so a lot of queens are doing um like virtual shows. A lot of queens are doing um like, you know they all have a big show in their basement with just the queens only.  As for me, I stopped doing, my last show would have been Halloween actually.

Chelsey:

Oh wow!

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

 ….and um I was actually quarantined from being exposed to covid, so I couldn’t make that show. So, I haven’t performed since before then actually so.

Chelsey:

Okay, so it’s changed everything for you?

 Peach of the Midwest Carrington: 

oh yea, definitely.

Chelsey: 

Okay

Chelsey:

Alright, um so I just want to know more about your personal story with drag?

When did you first hear about drag, and what was your initial reaction to it?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

um Well I started doing drag, when I first heard about drag, it was at “Chester street” bar in Champaign IL. A few of my friend were actually drag queens at the time and they were doing some talent nights or whatever and I started of from a dare. I was dared by a friend to do it and ever since I got in drag, I never stopped. Ive been doing drag since 2008.

Chelsey:

Okay, Okay. and you said a “talen night”. What is that?

 Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

A talent night is where its just like a talent show, you showcase your talent.

Chelsey:

Oh TALENT…     

 Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Ya so they call it a talent night.

Chelsey:

Okay! Okay, um so you started performing as a drag artist in 2018 and you did it on a dare?

 Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

2008

Chelsey:

2008, ohh excuse me.

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

umm hmm. It was a long time ago.

Chelsey:

and you did it on a dare huh?

 Peach of the Midwest Carrington: 

Ya I did it on a dare and I um haven’t stopped since. I started at “Chester Street” bar actually. I became the show director over there. And then I went over to “Emerald City” that was another um bar that they had. Um I became a show director over there. And I’ve been a show director for quite some time everywhere I go so..uh ya, it’s been pretty successful for me actually.

Chelsey: 

That’s cool, that’s cool. Um like show directing like say, is it like a drag family or a house that you’re in?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

So I’m in the house of Carrington. I started off from being a Dupree and then after I think after probably 6 months or 6 to 7 months I became a Carrington and I’ve been a Carrington ever since.

Chelsey:

Nice! Okay

Chelsey: 

How did your family, friends, and other loved ones receive you becoming a drag artist?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

They packed the shows (laughing) they packed the shows.

Chelsey:

YEAH?!?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

ohh yea, most definitely.

Chelsey:

That’s great! That’s great.

 Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

They packed the shows, so it worked out great for me.

Chelsey:

Okay, that’s really cool that you got so much support.

Chelsey: 

Where does your drag name come from?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

ummm so I started off as my first drag name was Peaches, um and then my uh current drag name is “Peach of the  Midwest Carrington”. Uh honestly, the Carrington’s are known for their backsides.

Chelsey:

(inaudible)

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

so that’s how they get the peach thing from. And I used to travel a lot and I’ve also uh traveled to different bars within the Midwest, so that’s where we got the “Peach of the Midwest” from so…

Chelsey:

Okay, alright.

Chelsey:

So, there’s a lot of terms for types and styles of drag, from like drag queen and drag king to glamour queen, comedy queen, bioqueen, camp queen.
Are their particular labels you would use to characterize your drag?

What kind of drag do you do?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Um, I would say I do.. uh… I have performed both glamourous drag and I’m also a dancer. So, I’m a dancing girl (what they call it) um so sometimes you will see me like in a dance costume with a lot of fringe and know, big hair, big dance hair or sometimes you’ll see fully glamorous and uh full stone gown, you know, sequin gowns.

Chelsey:

That’s fun. Do you make the gowns yourself?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

No… No so I have a lot of seamstresses that I work with. Mama Montclair. Uh a retired drag queen, her name was Amiah St. James. Um I have a team of seamstress that do alterations and things like that for me. They are a part of U of I.  They used to do the U of I ballet team. So they do my alterations.

Chelsey:

oh nice, okay. So, you would characterize yourself more as a glamour queen or a dancing queen?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Yes, uh huh.


Chelsey:

Does the type, does being a glamor queen or you know, a dancing queen…umm does that effect your life as a drag artist. Like how does that effect your success or your being a drag artist?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

ummm… I think it actually helped out a lot actually. So, I’m the owner of Miss Chambana Pride, I was emeritus for that so that was a success. Also, I was a part of the “In Her Closet” at Spurlock Museum at U of I on the U of I campus.  They had an exhibit for drag queens and I was showcased on the runway as one of the girls on there.

Chelsey:

Wow!

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

umm I’ve done several big shows with the “RuPaul Drag Race” girls.

Chelsey:

(inaudible)

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

I’ve done the sold out, I’ve done the sold out shows at the Illini union, so ya its been pretty good. And I also, this past, two years ago because we didn’t have it this year, but the year before that I brought back the shows at Parkman College.


Chelsey:

Okay!

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

they hadn’t had shows in over I think 5 to 8 years so…it was a great success.

Chelsey: 

That’s awesome, okay. Who or what has influenced your drag, like?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Umm (Laugh) the list is long, so I have a queen who I first started out with, her name is Kelesia Karmikal. Um she started me out, started teaching me makeup and different things like that and once I became a Carrington, my drag mother is Stimulation Carrington. And then I had my grandmother Seduction Carrington. I have (inaudible) …Clair, I have Amyah St. James, um Colexis Carrington. so it was like, kinda like the Carringtons are kinda like a village. Like a lot of people say a village…it takes a village to raise a drag queen too… (laughter)

Chelsey:

okay!  alright ha (laughing)

Chelsey:

I was reading a reading from class the other day. It said, one of the things it said in the reading was um drag is for…drag is like kindergarten. It’s like kindergarten for drag queens like starting off.

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

yea, uh huh

Chelsey:

Do you agree with that kinda once you start off and kinda get going?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

yea, yea because you have to learn the ropes of it all…because of the makeup and…. See a lot of the time, a lot of times when you have..when you are in drag houses, their main thing is they want you to be as independent as possible.

Chelsey: 

hmm hmm

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

 So, what they do is they kind of mold you into into being as independent as possible. So they’ll start off with..,. a lot of times they start off with make-up. Make-up is like one of the hardest things for you to uh..do because your going to of course from a male to a female. You have to learn the structure of your face and all that. So, I think that was the first thing for me to learn. And then after that, we went on to costumes because a lot of times when you’re a new drag queen if you don’t have the family structure of someone who already was already in drag or someone who is willing to borrow their costumes and garments and all that your gonna wear street clothes. So that was one of the things we kinda got a creative in the beginning with the street clothes and all that. And um as I moved on and learned make-up and you know..got more serious and willing to spend more money and invest in myself I became umm…I became interested in costumes and you know, garments and I was able to umm meet different seamstress and work with a lot of people to where I was able to uh start my closet of having my own items.

Chelsey:

 Nice. Okay. How often do you perform in drag and where do you perform the most?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington: 

So, before Covid, I used to perform at a bar called “Noah’s Rock Bar”, um we would perform every month. We would have every month shows and that had started prior to covid and it actually the last show there was Halloween. Prior to that I was going from different bars and hosting shows. I was over at “Clark” bar before. uh like I said “C Street” before it closed, I was there.  Sometimes we were there Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday it just depends you know, on the kind of events they had. Um normally Sundays were drag shows but sometimes we would have you know, like a talent night for on a weekday or something like that so..

Chelsey:

okay, so like 4 or 5 times a week you would before covid…perform..??

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

uh it just depends see “C Street” has been closed for quite some time. So once “C street” closed things kinda decreased a lot. We kinda weren’t doing drag for a while and then I kinda did some networking so we could get it back going. So I would say, before covid I was probably doing 2 shows a month..if that.

Chelsey: 2 shows a month?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Mmm hmm. Yea cuz sometimes I would travel to Peoria. Sometimes I would travel to Decatur, IL so…sometimes Springfield..so yea..

Chelsey:

Okay

Chelsey: 

What goes into getting ready for a performance? …

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

 (laughter)…

Chelsey:

Short version now.. (laughter) just kidding,…

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

 oh my goodness…So first of all, first of all, picking our the garments is, is you know..its it’s a big deal..umm cuz a lot of times you want your garments to go with your music. So, picking out the music is one of the most stressful things for me because you kinda wanna, you kinda wanna uh..look… I don’t know… I’m the type of performer that likes to look at the audience, so if I’m going to a bar setting, a lot of people at a bar setting don’t really like the glamourous gown girl. You know? A lot of gowns I normally pull out at like children’s events. I normally pull out at brunch events..um so that I can keep the energy up.

Chelsey:

Okay

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:So, first things first is your music. Second thing would be is your garments that your going to wear. Third thing would be your make-up which takes sometimes from 30min to probably 2 hours just depending on you know?…how long you want to stretch it out or how long, how creative you want to get with it. Umm and then its getting to the bar going ahead and setting up your station and you know?…getting to it..so yea.

Chelsey:

Okay (overlapping talking)

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

it’s a lot of work but that’s just the short time..the short version. (laughter)


Chelsey:

Okay

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

doing it is a lot longer than talking about it. (laughter)

Chelsey:

Yesss, I..from what ive read, you guys, you guys uh put a lot of work…a lot of work into it.

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Oh yea, oh yea. Definitely.

Chelsey:

(laughing in agreement)

Chelsey:

Alright. So um what are the biggest challenges to doing drag and being a drag artist?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Umm I think the biggest challenges are..well I think the biggest challenge for now is like in our area we don’t have a gay bar, so we have to utilize straight bars and you know LGBTQ+ friendly bars to be able to showcase our talent. So, I think that’s one of our biggest challenges currently.

Chelsey:

So you said that you perform for universities or..or put on pageants? Is that what you said?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

So we..okay..so we do..we work with the university because we are a part of “In Her Closet” was Spurlock museum. So, that went on for about a year.  They extended it due to covid because they said a lot of people didn’t have a chance to come in and all that. So, umm the exhibit is currently down but they are looking into bringing some more exhibits over the course of the year or whatever. Um so, we do do work with them. We um..we do the U of I Illini Union show, but they cancelled it due to covid this year.

Chelsey:

Gotcha

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

so probably (inaudible) so a lot of things we would normally due were cancelled due to covid so…

Chelsey:

Okay. Okay..

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

yea but as far as the pageant, that was cancelled as well…(laughing)

Chelsey:

yea..Im so sorry

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

 (inaudible) ..so I was actually supposed to crown the first queen..um because I was emeritus so I was crowing the actual first queen this year for Pride but they cancelled it so…

Chelsey:

Okay. Ummm next question..let’s see..

Chelsey: 

Is there anything unique to the drag scene where you live compared to other places in the country or in the world? What’s unique about it?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

I think the biggest thing we would be a gay club. 
The biggest thing we need is a gay club because it gives us our own space. It gives us our own safe haven..you know? And it allows us to have that voice on what..you know? On what our community likes and enjoys versus going into somebody else’s bar and having to you know?…get comfortable with what everybody likes…you know?..and actually doing what we enjoy in our community in our own space.

Chelsey:

mmm hmm..

Chelsey:

And can you clarify where you live that that you don’t have the…(gay clubs)

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

I currently live in…I live in Champaign, Illinois.

Chelsey:

Okay, I see what you’re saying. Okay..

Chelsey:

So, what is.. there is nothing really nothing unique about the Champaign drag scene to you?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

I mean honestly like the Carringtons have taken over (laughing)

Chelsey:

okay..okay

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

So that’s the unique thing. I’m in one of the hottest houses in the Midwest ummm. which is the Carringtons. We go all over. We have queens all over.U mm and I mean when I say all over, literally I mean all over. There’s Carringtons everywhere. But that’s, that’s the most known house in the Midwest so…that’s the unique thing. Im in one of the..I’m one of the “IT” girls. (laughing)

Chelsey:

Gotcha!..that’s gotta be nice. Gotta always feel like you belong somewhere..ya know?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Ya, (inaudible) I’m telling you, I get asked if I’m, if I’m a Carrington everywhere.

Chelsey:

Really? (laughing)

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

When I say everywhere,.. everywhere!..Yes.

Chelsey:

Okay well I’ve got a couple personal questions for you, so umm feel free to just pass or if you don’t feel comfortable answering, umm that’s totally fine.

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

okay.

Chelsey: 

Okay? Um so how do you identify in terms of your sex, gender identity, and gender expression out of drag?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

so I go by pronouns “He” “Him” umm actually I’m a drag queen and I actually have a baby that will be born July 21st (excited laughter)


Chelsey:

Oh! Well congratulations!!!

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

ya so I’ll be a dad soon. Umm so yea, I identify as “He” “Him in a dress” (laughing)

Chelsey:

Okay. Okay!

Chelsey:

How has drag influenced your sex and gender identities? 

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

 uuuuuuuh…..(long pause)…I don’t, don’t know…

Chelsey:

don’t know?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Actually okay. So I will say, so I am engaged to a trans man.

Chelsey: Okay?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

So, Im engaged to a trans man, Im a drag queen. I identify as “He” “Him”.  He identifies as “He” “Him”. Umm..so I think its actually been fun. (Laughing) I think its been fun and very interesting for us.

NO AUDIO – (his phone died)

INTERVIEW 2

Chelsey:

Are you there?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington: I’m here

Chelsey:

 I’m sorry, I didn’t even see you log on. It usually has a door, like a doorbell sound when someone logs on.

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Yea

Chelsey:

Alright.. How are you today?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Hold on a sec..I’m doing great. How about yourself.

Chelsey:

 I’m good. I’m good..dont. I’m sorry I don’t have my video on. I had no time to get…

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Oh no you’re fine.

Chelsey:

…present…I like that picture better anyway. (laughing)

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

you’re fine.

Chelsey:

Alright. So, there’s only a couple questions left. I just want to remind you that this is all voluntary…ummm (inaudible) …your participation. (inaudible) …And you can end the interview whenever you’d like.

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

okay

Chelsey:

(inaudible) umm..let me see where we left off yesterday..umm. I asked you how drag has influenced your sex and gender identities.

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

uh huh?

Chelsey:

Do you want to go over that one more time and then we can go from there?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Sure umm…as I stated, my mate is a trans man. I am a gay male. We have a child on the way July 21st. Umm how its influenced..I think its  been quite fun for us because we are able to explore and learn. Um…as this is the first trans man Ive ever experienced in my life…so it’s a learning experience for sure.  Umm and then we are also are able to advocate and teach others about you know?….trans men and different pronouns and all that.

Chelsey: yea. That’s great ya, Ive learned about uh..it and this this class and umm. (inaudible) I really admire…it takes a lot of courage to to advocate for that kind of thing. I’m glad (inaudible)…. People are very ignorant to it (inaudible)

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Right…yea definitely.

Chelsey: 

Okay..um well the next question I’ve got for you is uh..Has drag influenced how you think about gender?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

 umm, it hasn’t. (laughing)

Chelsey:

No?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington: Honestly, I’m a, I’m a very free spirit kinda person and I just believe that whomever you want to be or whatever you want to do in your life, you have that option to do that.


Chelsey:

mmm hmm

Chelsey:

So would you say that you like sex and gender identities have influenced your drag at all?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

umm no. I don’t think so…

Chelsey:

No? okay.. 

Chelsey: 

How has drag impacted or changed you as a person?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Oh my goodness. (Lauging) A lot of people think that I am a celebrity so sure…ummm

Chelsey:

Oh nice!!!

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

ya I think. I think its….Its definitely brought me a lot of blessings over the  years. Its allowed me to meet a lot of people from all walks of life. Umm..its allowed me to sit at certain tables that I’d never thought I’d be.. that I’d never think that I would have the opportunity to sit at. Umm..its allowed me to inspire and also advocate to the youth and also umm..make the way for a lot of people as well so…

Chelsey:

Great! okay.

Chelsey: 

Umm. Let’s see. Hasdrag impacted your confidence as a person when you are, you are out of drag?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Definitely. Oh yea. Definitely. Drag has become….Drag is like my escape. It’s been my escape for quite some time. Um that I actually before drag, I was pretty shy (both of us laughing) so its brought me out of my shell a little bit so…yea I’d definitely say its been great for me.

Chelsey:

Right..okay so umm. Next question is uh..

Chelsey:

If you could go back in time as Peach of the Midwest, what advice would Peach of the Midwest would give to your younger self?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

ummm.. I think that first I would give to myself not so much weight on someone else. Umm..a lot of times when you are a new upcomer, you have to wait on the current show director to give you that chance..and umm I think that if I had the mindset that I have now back then, I would have opened more doors independently versus following another person’s route. And I think that it would have gotten me further within drag.

Chelsey:

okay. So doing things more on your own and not waiting for chances?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

ya cuz see…see how it works is at “C-Street” you had to go under a show director but once “C-Steet” closed, that’s when my mind started going and I was masterminding and networking. And if I was networking you know?..while at “C-Street” and all that, it would have brought..umm..you know it would have opened more doors independently and then I would have been able to..you know..give to the community sooner than I was able to currently.

Chelsey:

okay..so uhh

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

I think networking is a big thing.

Chelsey:

networking?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

yes, definitely.

Chelsey: Okay, so you would have networked more and try to make your own path instead of (inaudible)?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

 yea, definitely.

Chelsey:

okay, alright. So next question is a little (inaudible) this is just like a last question.

Chelsey:

It says, ..I’m curious if…how your social identities have impacted your experience of drag, or vice-versa, umm like impacted your identity as a person or impacted your identity as a drag  artist?  Can you share about that? One of um of some of your social identities, like gender, race, class, age, religion, size, sexuality? How has dag impacted those identities.

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

ummm (inaudible) I kinda separate the two.  So I kinda separate my everyday life from my drag. Umm I consider drag something that I do as its more so a hobby for me. Umm but as I become an advocate and I’m looking into going into the pageantry system, I think it has uhh become more than a hobby now currently..umm because of course it takes a lot more work, a lot more (inaudible) …as far as pageantry, you have to do a lot more networking. You have a lot more (inaudible)

Chelsey:

I’m sorry, I can’t hear you because of the wind.

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

I’m sorry (inaudible) you have to (inaudible).  Can you hear me now?

Chelsey:

A little bit better.

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Oh lord..(inaudible) (laughing)…How about now??

Chelsey:  That’s better, yea..

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

okay, yea…so like I was saying, with pageantry you have to network a lot more so honestly I always keep my personal life and drag kinda separate…Uhhh so, I don’t know, I don’t really know how to answer that.

Chelsey:

okay, your good. Alright. So um, this next section is just a few more questions.

Chelsey:

 I just wanna know, how do you define drag?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

 Ummm I define drag as dance as if no one is watching. Be yourself. Do what makes you comfortable and be entertained.

Chelsey:

So that’s how you define drag? As just freedom to do what you want.

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

yes definitely. Yes. Yep freedom to yep..freedom to do what you want. Cuz nowadays drag used…nowadays drag is a lot more open. Drag used to be you’re a drag queen or a drag king. Now you have bioqueens, now you have umm well you know..you have androgenous, you have so many, there’s so many classifications when it comes to drag now… (inaudible and overlapping).. just being yourself…..Im sorry?

Chelsey:

So Bioqueens, can you (studdering.)..Ive read about bioqueens, what is your definition of a bioqueen?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

 I honestly don’t even have a definition of bioqueen because… I’m still learning…like as far as the definitions and all that.  I don’t even know what to consider myself  like…(both laughing) … my….you know…cuz I don’t know what classifications it goes under, um because its so many definitions that I’m not even sure what even my classification would be as far as my drag persona.

Chelsey:

(inaudible)

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Um cuz as I said, Im very versatile, so I don’t if it has the certain criteria it goes under or what so..As far as a bioqueen, I know I’ve had some of those in shows before….umm.. and they were a lot different than regular drag queens as far as attire, make-up and all that, but I don’t really know if I could put together a definition for them though.

Chelsey:

okay, okay.. 

Chelsey:

Umm, what do you think is the purpose of drag is?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

I think the purpose of drag is an outlet for everybody.  It allows you to be yourself and not only just that, it allows you to showcase your talent. I know a lot of uh talented individuals, they struggle with depression, they struggle with mental illnesses and this is like their escape for them, so…ya..

Chelsey: 

mm hmmm..okay

Chelsey: 

Do you think drag is sexual at all?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

uhh no I don’t think so. Now sometimes in a performance you can get a little cheek or a little tit, but I don’t think so.

Chelsey: Why don’t you think its sexual?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Uhhhhhh I don’t know…. I think…I…I don’t know.

Chelsey:

Okay

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

I think..well I mean…I don’t know cuz sometimes..honestly some towns, I mean with the House of Carrington, you just never know what to expect so…I think in certain cases, it could be, because sometimes it just depends on the crowd because sometimes the crowd likes more of a striptease versus a drag queen performance if that makes sense.

Chelsey:

Ya that makes sense.

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

 so I think it honestly. I think it honestly depends on the venue and the occasion.

Chelsey:

Okay, so (inaudible) its sexual depending on the night and on the crowd and what’s going on?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Right. Definitely.

Yea, the energy in the room cuz sometimes you can get a bunch of older guys and they want that extra..you know..that extra dance..yea so..

Chelsey:

Like the eroticism of it?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington: Yep. They want you to pull out all the tricks and they pull out all the money so… (laughing)

Chelsey:

There ya go..alright

Chelsey:

So how do you feel about RuPaul’s Drag Race?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

…(long pause) uhhh….(heavy sigh)…I like RuPaul’s Drag Race, don’t get me wrong. I feel that some of their critiques and some of the pickings of the contestants are unfair at times and some of the eliminations are unfair at times, but I believe it gives the world the opportunity to see the lifestyle. And it gives the world the opportunity to get educated on the art form.

Chelsey:

In what ways do you think it’s unfair?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Ummm I just think a lot of times like when your watching it, I think certain people that I would say (inaudible)….

Chelsey:

I cant hear you again I’m sorry.

Chelsey:

you said its uhhh…?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

 (inaudible) ….  Can you hear me now?

Chelsey:

There we go!! Yea! Sorry about that.

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

I just think that at some points its just not fair like as far as eliminations and some of the challenges of people that I feel should win….ya they don’t get to win so…

Chelsey:

Okay..

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

and then also a lot of the contestants have been…(pause)….a lot of the contestants have been uhhh former contestants like daughters, former contestants like family..you know?…I just think that picking sometimes…(No Audio from 15:09 to 22:15—Lost connection)…..I’m back, this time Im (unaudible)…I was trying not to get back into the car because my nephew is watching videos.

Chelsey:

Aww well that’s alright..umm

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

I’m on the charger now and I’m ready (laughing)

Chelsey:

Okay (laughing) alright so, I’ve only have a couple more questions for you. We were talking about “Drag Race” and you said that it was unfair….ummm

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Ya just, I I think that some of their selections and pickings are unfair at times. Umm a lot of times, when watching um as a spectator, you think that some people should win…. (inaudible)…

Chelsey:

I’m sorry, I can’t hear what..I can’t hear you again.  Its just coming through a little bit…the background…oh okay.. so you said the contestants…

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

can you hear me?

Chelsey:

So how their umm..how they are picked and how people win..umm

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

yea, how they pick a lot of the contest winners and all that. I just think a lot of times the people who are winning should not win and some of the people who don’t get to win that challenge, I think that they should win that challenge because they are a lot stronger within that challenge or whatever. I just..I don’t know. Sometimes,  I just feel like a lot of the times their pickings is more for television versus it is for the best of…you know…the best of the best of the…the umm contestants.

Chelsey:

Okay. I noticed on “Drag Race” that ummm, and I read also that uh their hasn’t been any Latino women or Latino drag queens that have won and I noticed a lot of the challenges kinda personify more of uh white icons instead of uh..you know different ethnicities.  Umm do you think that drag..or a lot of drag performances personify whiteness rather than any other ethnicity?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

umm. As far as television, I would say yes.

Chelsey:

Uh huh..

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

 ….and RuPaul…(both laughing)

Chelsey:

yea haha

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

um but..um I can say the benefit of RuPaul honestly…He’s made way for a lot of…a lot of individuals. That’s all generations and all races I will say. Umm…even…even for local entertainers because drag… you know with having “Drag Race” on television, its allowed people to be more educated and be able to accept..you know.. a drag queen better than if they hadn’t seen it. You know..cuz there’s never really been a show about a drag queen before “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. So, I think its helped us in a way, but I think also its um..hindered a lot of us because they think that that’s what they should expect from the local girls and all that… they don’t..You know…that’s television, so television it’s a lot more skunked up at times.  You know, they have a lot of designer that can do different creative garments and all that so…

Chelsey:

Okay great!

Chelsey:

I noticed also that RuPaul that doesn’t let fully trans uhh individuals or fully transitioned individuals on the show. What do you think about that?

 Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

umm I think that it’s unfair but I also think its best to keep it separate so that they are judged fairly.

Chelsey:

 uh hmm..Okay.

Chelsey:

Do you think that they should allow drag kings on the show?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

umm I think that they should have their own show actually. I think if RuPaul did their own show….(child screaming in the background)… I think that that would be good…

Chelsey:

oh yea..one more question for ya…

Chelsey: 

If you could change one thing about drag, the drag scene, or the drag community, what would it be?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

I’m sorry, I can’t even hear you. What did you say?

Chelsey:

If you could change one thing about drag, the drag scene, or the drag community, what would it be and why?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

I think it would be getting a club. I think that would be the main thing that’s our focus in the Midwest. I think that’s one of our hindrance and one thing that will make the community and also the drag community a lot stronger.

Chelsey:

Well, what do you think about…what do you think are a lot of misconceptions people have about drag? 

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

you said about drag?

Chelsey:

ya what are..what do you think are some common misconceptions about drag, or where do you think it comes from.

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Im not exactly sure how to answer that honestly.

Chelsey: 

okay..so uhh..last question…


Chelsey: 

If you chose one thing you want people to know about or learn about drag, what would it be?

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

(cartoon noises) …probably that drag is an escape and a way for us to showcase our talent for everybody…to everybody. Umm and that it’s…you know..for a lot of times for a lot of people it’s a fun thing verses a career and also a lot of people within it have made it a career because there’s a lot of times drag queens…that’s their full time job.

Chelsey:

uh huh..Well thank you so much! That was my last question for you, I really uh I wish you the best…(inaudible)…and I uh..I really uh wish you the best and I hope that things pick up for you and in doing shows and everything.

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Same to you! Thank you so much and I hope that covid gets better for and I hope that it leaves you (inaudible) (background noise)

Chelsey:

Thank you! And uhh take care of that new baby when it comes.

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

Thank you!

Chelsey:

 your welcome, you have a good day. Thank you.

Peach of the Midwest Carrington:

 You too. Uh huh.. buh bye

Chelsey: Bye.

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