LGBTQIA+ Oral History Archives

Beulahland 

Bergan Mackie, stage name Beaulah Land, is a young drag queen who was born in Asheville and grew up in Mars Hill North Carolina. They grew up on a small farm in a close Christian community and as a kid has dreams of leaving for the big city but over time has fallen in love with mountain culture. Knowing they…

Interview Date:  February 8, 2019

Interviewer:  Amanda Wray

Interview Length (HH:MM): 01:39

Topics Covered: Coming Out / Early Experiences | LGBTQ Faith & Spirituality | LGBTQ Yesterday Today Tomorrow | LGBTQ through Art | On Being LGBTQ | Rebuilding - Friends / Family / Community

Bergan Mackie, stage name Beaulah Land, is a young drag queen who was born in Asheville and grew up in Mars Hill North Carolina. They grew up on a small farm in a close Christian community and as a kid has dreams of leaving for the big city but over time has fallen in love with mountain culture. Knowing they were queer since 7th grade they came out in the early 2010’s and had to deal with coming to terms with who they were, their religion and their religious community. Learn more about their life and struggles as a trans-person in North Carolina, how they got into drag, and what drag life is life by listening to the full interview here.

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Introduction & Family History | Understanding and Learning about Queerness in the Classroom | The Firsts Coming Out and Relationships | Finding Her Community | Drag Lingo | Identity of Beaulah Land On and Off Stage | Religion in Queer Community | The First Performance | First Drag Memory and Drag Makeup | Drag Family Explained | Holly Boswell | Defining Drag | Activism in Western North Carolina and at Western Carolina University | Names | Race, Gender, and Drag | Self Care and Mental Health

Outline of the Interview

Introduction & Family History | Understanding and Learning about Queerness in the Classroom | The Firsts Coming Out and Relationships | Finding Her Community | Drag Lingo | Identity of Beaulah Land On and Off Stage | Religion in Queer Community | The First Performance | First Drag Memory and Drag Makeup | Drag Family Explained | Holly Boswell | Defining Drag | Activism in Western North Carolina and at Western Carolina University | Names | Race, Gender, and Drag | Self Care and Mental Health

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