Drag queen KaiAnne Pepper sings during her performance at the 12th annual Unity Drag Show at UC Berkeley on Thursday, April 4, 2019. “I think gender has always been restricted — very heteronormative, very cis-centric. And also, even as a low-income background, Latinx person, there are barriers in everything you do. Especially with intersectionality and being a racial minority, everything is harder for you. Doing drag isn’t something that’s popular in our society, let alone in the Latinx culture.
So I think my positionality to be at a higher education building to do so makes me think a lot about power, privilege dynamics and how, not lucky, but I would say it’s a privilege doing what I’m doing and having a love for it.” – KaiAnne Pepper