An Interview With Suruj Rajkhowa: Assamese Drag Queen & Community Activist

Photographs by Aditya Sinha.

“It was amazing. As a drag queen, I was celebrated — for a change! When I put on that costume and that makeup, I was fierce. I studied in a small city, but I’ve been bullied all my life. I was shy and timid and introverted. I’ve always felt suppressed because I was so feminine,” he says softly. “I don’t say anything nasty or mean to anybody but I always ended up being the target. The moment I was in drag — I found this alternate character for myself where I could say whatever I wanted to, be as mean as I wanted to — I could finally fight back. It gave me a voice. It gave me the confidence I’d been lacking for so long.”

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