Original Research Data Analysis (Ella)

Pre-film responses:

  • From the pre-film responses the majority of the participants were heterosexual, the enitre population was cisgender, the entire population was satified with the 2015 legalization of gay marriage in the US, most were likely to support gay rights and organizations, the population knew “Not much” to “A little” about drag culture, most participants thought drag affects gay rights “Somewhat positively”, most participants thought drag affects racial equality “Somewhat positively”, most participants have not attended a drag show in person, and most participants have seen drag related media “rarely/once or twice”

Immediate Post-film responses:

  • From the post-film responses the majority of the population felt sad, inspired, and/or sympathetic from the film, the majority of the participants think drag culture has affected gay rights “Positively”, most participants were “Likely” to support gay rights and organizations, most participants loved the film, most participants thought that drag affects racial equality “Positively” (4/9) or “Somewhat positively” (3/9), and most participants would NOT consider this film political

Secondary post-film responses:

  • From the secondary post-film responses the majority of the population thought that drag affects racial equality “Positively” (3/9) or “Somewhat positively” (4/9), all on the participants support LGBTQ rights, the majority of the population thought a drag queen could be a political figure, and the majority of the population thought that drag affects the progression of gay rights “Positively”

Analysis:

  • The population had a mix of sexualities in the participants, which is helpful since that is the audience I wrote the surveys for. From the responses, there was an increase of participants who believed drag affects queer rights “Positively” from “Somewhat positively” after the viewing of the film Paris is Burning. This leads me to believe that the film has strong emotional appeal and can affect the views of populations. On racial equality, the most selected answer was “Somewhat positively”, and that did not change much throughout the entire survey process. One thing that surprised me was the amount of participants who believed a drag queen could be a political figure (7/9), because I held the assumption that not many people associated drag queens with politics.

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