Doctor and drag queen, the “dragtor” who does LGBTI activism

Doctor and drag queen, the “dragtor” who does LGBTI activism




  • “I’m a doctor and I’m also a drag queen.” This is how Francisco Machado introduces himself, a young doctor who approaches his work with the same enthusiasm.
  • This symbiosis between science and art has caught the attention of almost 100,000 people who reacted to his Twitter post.
  • Although he insists on marking the boundaries between his female character and the man he is, both spheres are the heads and tails of a committed activist.

“I’m a doctor and I’m also a drag queen.” This is how it is presented Francisco Machado, a young doctor who approaches his work in the field of medicine with the same enthusiasm as his way of doing activism transformed into Vitiliga, the character he brings to life with the help of a wig, makeup and flashy dresses.

This symbiosis between science and art has attracted the attention of almost 100,000 people who reacted to a Twitter post With which Francisco, according to what he himself tells Efe, came out of the closet and showed his two faces that, although they inhabit the same body, have different dreams.

Some of the user reactions to the publication were as follows:

“I love your dress, hairstyle and makeup. In both photos you project a lot of happiness and security. I tell you? The truth is, you manage much better than me”.

“If it is the interpretation of an acting role, it is fine, but if you assume the costume as part of your real personality, seek psychological or psychiatric help, there they will tell you what to do”.

“Carnalito, you separate your activities, if you like, that’s fine, but you don’t wear high heels in the hospital or use the women’s bathroom. That is respect and deserves the same in return. Each one his life and his tastes”.

He insists on marking the boundaries between his female character and the man he is

Although he insists on marking the borders between his female character and the man that he is, both spheres are heads and tails of a committed activist that he wants to generate a change in his country and that he has put everything into the attempt.

“We activists are becoming more and more articulated, we have a better structured agenda,” he says, while reminding that Venezuela is at the bottom of South America in terms of LGBTI rights, but, he emphasizes, Pride month is “that favorable space to be able to make visible” claims, such as same-sex marriage.

“Dragtor”

“I think I have a commitment to diverse sex-gender people because many of the things that are experienced today within the health system come from ignorance”

Francisco says when asked about the prohibition that homosexuals have in the country to donate blood and another list of LGBTI restrictions.

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In his opinion, some of his colleagues in hospitals simply “They are not aware of how much they can affect the rest” these restrictions, such as -account- hospitalizing trans people according to their biological sex, so trans women are now confined with cisgender men.

“Within the area of ​​health we still have a lot to learn, a lot to accept and I think that little by little, with little ant work, we can make progress on this issue,” he believes.

Meanwhile, combining the words doctor And Drag, coins the term “dragtor”, how he introduced himself on social networks and with whom he has met “many friends” throughout Latin America who also wear robes during the day and wear a wig at night.

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