A group of Australian drag stars will appear in the new series of the ABC’s eye-opening You Can’t Ask That to answer questions people are too afraid to ask.
The show’s simple format sees viewers suggest questions – some ignorant, some well-meaning, some both – for groups of marginalised, often misunderstood Australians.
The new series will air from Wednesday (July 11) at 9pm on ABC, with all episodes available on ABC iView after the premiere.
Appearing in the series’ drag queen episode, to screen on August 22, are local performers Courtney Act, Strykermeyer, Penny Tration, Maxi Shield, Sexy Galexy, Dandrogony and Vova Gina.
In a preview clip, Perth drag queen Strykermeyer and Melbourne performer Doug Lucas answer the pointed question, “Is there any point to this other than silly dress ups?”
Strykermeyer replies, “At one stage, we used to have to go to gay bars because there was safety in numbers, so we would create our own environments.
“We created our own stars, we created our own scene, our own type of music, our own social calendars.
“Doesn’t happen now. People get onto Grindr or you can go into a straight pub without worrying that you might be punched in because you’re a poof.”
Doug adds, “When the HIV epidemic hit and nobody knew what to do, drag queens raised money. We raised thousands.
“In every city of this country and the world, to all rally together and get everyone… to get out and contribute.”