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Netizens applaud Drag Den PH's 'progressive and inclusive' sign-up sheet

By SAAB LARIOSA Published Aug 18, 2021 7:56 pm

With the introduction of not one, but two, drag competitions in the Philippines, it's high time that we become more inclusive in the little ways - and that goes for how people choose to identify themselves online.

The Manila Luzon-hosted show Drag Den PH is one prime example, as their Google Form audition sheet is now being lauded for including the "they/them" pronoun choice, one's lived name, and their drag name.

A "lived name" is someone's chosen moniker that may or may not be their name assigned at birth. Meanwhile, the "they/them" pronouns refer to those that identify as non-binary or prefer a gender-neutral term.

The registration went the rounds on Twitter, where user @vinceliban first pointed out the details.

"Love this #DragDen audition form for being progressive & inclusive," Vince captioned. "1) it asks for ur pronouns; 2) it uses lived name rather than “preferred name” which puts more nuance & power on the lived experiences of trans & queer ppl. sharing so other orgs can replicate!"

Other users have since followed suit and praised the people behind the show for the significant detail.

Meanwhile, auditions for Drag Den PH are ongoing from August 16 until August 31, 2021. Interested contestants are first tasked to create a TikTok video showcasing their drag transformation. From there, the competition will choose its shortlisted queens.

Check out the audition form here.

Banner photos from Drag Den PH Facebook page and audition form screenshot