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Alex Mathew knew that he had a feminine side to him, but didn’t know how to bring it out or express that side. That is until he watched Mrs. Doubtfire. Robin Williams inspired him to embrace Maya, and since then he has never looked back. Maya is a fierce, sensitive, caring Keralite woman who lives in Bangalore with her lover.

Maya The Drag Queen: Drag Is What I Do, Sexuality Is What I Am

It is hard enough to be a queer man in India; but for Alex, it was a bit harder. He is a queer man and wanted to perform as a woman. He wanted to be a drag queen. A glamorous and fierce drag queen.

When he went to his mother to borrow a saree before his first drag performance, she told him, “Why can’t a woman play the character?” Alex says she totally missed the point of what drag is. Drag queens are men dressed as women who perform on stage. It can be mistaken as the person being transgender or a crossdresser, that’s not the case. Drag is all about performance.

The Amazing Journey of Alex Mathew, One of India’s Few Drag Queens

Now working with Solidarity Foundation as a communications officer, Alex is loving drag. His character, Maya, has a large following on Facebook and Instagram. Through story telling, Alex and Maya talk about issues surrounding individuality, gender equality and feminism. Here’s Alex’s story about how he found his passion in performing Maya. Check it out!

Maya The Drag Queen: Drag Is What I Do, Sexuality Is What I Am

Alex Mathew knew that he had a feminine side to him, but didn’t know how to bring it out or express that side. That is until he watched Mrs. Doubtfire. Robin Williams inspired him to embrace Maya, and since then he has never looked back. Maya is a fierce, sensitive, caring Keralite woman who lives(…)

About ElsaMarie DSilva

http://www.safecity.in

ElsaMarie D’Silva is the Founder & Managing Director of Red Dot Foundation (Safecity) which is a platform that crowdsources personal experiences of sexual violence and abuse in public spaces. Since Safecity started in Dec 2012, it has become the largest crowd map on the issue in India, Kenya, Cameroon and Nepal. ElsaMarie is currently an alumni of the US State Department’s Fortune Program and a fellow with Rotary Peace, Aspen New Voices and Vital Voices. She is listed as one of BBC Hindi’s 100 Women and has won Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Dusan Stojanovic (European Angel Investor of the Year 2013) and The Digital Woman Award in Social Impact by SheThePeople. She has penned articles that have appeared in CNN, Huffington Post, WIP amongst others. She has spoken about her work at the Aspen Ideas Festival , at TEDx MidAtlantic, UN Women, State Department, Vital Voices South to South Leadership Summit. She has been a panelist for NDI, SheThePeople and hosted a roundtable at City- Lab London 2015. Prior to Safecity, she was in the aviation industry for 20 years where she worked with Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines. Her last portfolio was Vice President Network Planning & Charters where she oversaw the planning and implementation of 500 daily flights. You can read more www.elsamariedsilva.com

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