I’m surprised Lucy Brown left out England’s centuries-old drag tradition.
For instance, in their family-friendly Christmas, “pantos”, the ugly sisters in Snow White are traditionally played by (mostly straight?) men — BUT there has NEVER been anything like this, er, dragging kids into it.
Just the opposite:
Except for pantos, English drag has always been a “naughty” but harmless grown up thing, in college productions and parties, in military camp shows, on Monty Python or whatever.
It wasn’t even necessarily gay — there was only one gay guy in Python, and not even his writing partner, John Cleese, knew he WAS gay for the first dozen years or so of their working together.
And surely all those soldiers weren’t gay, etc.
It’s just a “weird” traditional thing they do, like American football players patting each other on the butts.
But now it seems to be turning into a variation on that weird stuff they do in Afghanistan…