Reality TV vs. Reality

Drag has seen a big uptick in popular culture in the last decades, with stars on reality TV, social media, and beyond. And after moving from New York to San Francisco, Mama Celeste founded Oaklash, a 3-day drag festival that’s the first of its kind in the Bay Area. From glitz and glam to wigs, mustaches, and acrobatics, drag is not so much about gender as it is about the sheer wonder in seeing boundaries and assumptions fall away. In this world, a new reality is created and perpetuated, a safe place for all to be all they want to be and more.

About the speaker

Grey Tartaglione aka Mama Celeste is the cofounder of Oaklash: The Bay Area Drag and Queer Performance Festival. Celeste is an East-Coast grown, Oakland-based drag performer and co-creator of Trish, a collective of Bay Area-based drag artists which explores mediums such as photography, videography, and a self published “drag-a-zine” to showcase the artform of drag. Often irreverent and (hopefully) humorous, Mama Celeste has been seen at venues throughout San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. By day, Tartaglione works as the Sr. Communications Officer at MPact, a gay men’s sexual health and human rights advocacy organization based in Oakland.

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