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#gay pride

“We are all born naked and the rest is drag,” American drag icon Rupaul Charles invariably responds when asked to explain the art form’s newfound mainstream appeal, but in the Middle East and North Africa, the opposite is just as true. Throughout the years, the region's drag tradition has been stripped of its cultural, social, and political substance.  The origins of cross-dressing and gender impersonation in the now Arab and Muslim world can be traced back to ancient times, but…