The Brief: Quaranteening is what a queen does in quarantine. It can refer to a drag queen, an actual monarch, or anyone else with queen-like qualities.
A combination of the words “quarantining” and “queen,” the word “quaranqueening” appeared in a New York Times article “Shangela Cooks Wiener Schnitzel While ‘Quaranqueening'” on April 24, 2020. The article follows a former contestant on Ru Paul’s Drag Race, D.J. Pierce, also known as Shangela, during his COVID-19 quarantine.
The terms quaranqueening and quaranqueen have been used on social media to describe drag queens, LGBTQ+ folks, and other queens who are in quarantine.
having my all female family back under one roof means madonna is now our one true savior, gok wan our light in these dark times, and rupaul, our spiritual advisor. it’s called quaranqueening ladies, that is all. x
— sara (@sarakennedyy) March 29, 2020
Whether you are Quaranqueening or Queerantining, stay positive. ❤️
— Dillon McQueen (@DillonMcQueen) March 18, 2020
— Tanya Reynolds (@TanyaLReynolds) April 22, 2020
— Hazel 🌙💃🏼🩰 (@HitzelMonroe) April 21, 2020