Drag is not a crime.
That's the rallying cry that the Queens have taken up in Houston and across the country. EvenLizzo wasshouts it from the stage.It comes in the face of attacks on trans people and drag performers, all based on bigotry and ignorance.
Trans people have been around forliterally thousands of years. WilliamDorsey Swann, a black man born into slavery in 1860, is the first known person to refer to himself as "slavery.""Queen of Drag".In Greek theater and in Shakespeare, men regularly took on women's roles.
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And to the haters?
Houston's drag community, one of the most diverse in the country, continues to thrive. There are performances in the city seven days a week. There's drag karaoke and trivia, brunch and beauty pageants. Here's a rundown of some of the city's most royal queens, each with their own unique charisma and talent.
Roxanne Collins has been entertaining audiences for more than three decades. She is a trans showgirl and celebrity impersonator known across Houston for dating Tina Turner. This illusion is all the more important in the course of thisTurners Tod. "I want everyone who comes to my shows to be a little bit happier than when they arrived," says Collins. You can see her weekly at Barcode where she is show director.
The word legend may have been invented for Tommie Ross. The trans actress has been crowned Miss Black America, Miss Gay USofA and Miss Continental, among others. She was instrumental in desegregating the competitions. But she says her proudest moment to date was becoming the first black trans woman to be named a female Pride Houston Grand Marshal in 2020. When she's not traveling, you can catch her performing at Hamburg's Mary's in downtown Houston.
Glamor and supreme beauty are the calling cards of Alexye'us Paris. She has been doing drag since 1997 and can be seen weekly at Hamburg's Mary's and the Houston Eagle. Paris, who could be described as a beauty queen, has won many titles over her more than two decades of performing. She's also smart and funny on social media.
Originally from Florida, Jazell Royale now makes her home in Houston. The transgender icon became the first black woman to win the Miss International Queen pageant, a Thailand-based competition for trans women. In 2020, her lip-synching rendition of CeCe Peniston's "He Luvs Me Too" went viral. She has long been an advocate for HIV treatment and safer sex.
Ondi describes himself as "pugnacious, glamorous, fun and fashionable. A little weird, a whole lot queer — the chameleon of drag.” She started in 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska. before being served in Houston. You can catch Ondi at several locations in Houston, including JR's and Ripcord.
This dark beauty queen has done everything from host karaoke to sharing the stage with Houston's Drag Kings. Laraye started drag-drag in 2015 and is known for her wacky sense of humor - with a touch of pop princess.
Leilani Jackson-Ross, also known as "Texas Tornado", is a queen with kick. She was created in 2015 for the So You Think You Can drag competition at the now-defunct Meteor. (We're still sad about that.) The first song she sang was Beyoncé's "Schoolin' Life." And she's been teaching us ever since. You can see them at Hamburger Mary's, JR's, South Beach and in Galveston.
MBV3 began dragging as part of the Dessie's Drag Race competition. She has quickly become one of the busiest and most ambitious queens in town. The Bubblegum Princess Disney Unicorn is show director at Buddy's Houston and can be seen at clubs across the city. She is also part of„Camp Wannakiki“,a drag reality competition soon to be aired on OutTV. Each episode follows a day at "camp" with daily activities and nightly talent shows.
If you don't know Kofi, you don't know Houston Drag. She is the grand dame, the queen bee. call her mother You can see her on Sundays and Tuesdays at JR's, where she has been entertaining audiences for more than 30 years. She also hosts the weekly So You Think You Can Drag competition held on Thursdays in South Beach. Her entire drag career spans 40 years. "Your off-stage personality makes you successful on stage," says Kofi. "If they love you as a person, they will love you as an entertainer."
Blackberri is a "bearded lady who is the funniest girl in the room and loves to make people smile." She first took the stage in 2016 during a local drag competition. Since then, Blackberri has grown into one of the most popular queens in town and has worked hard to build a national profile. She can be seen in the Pride 2023 campaign for Yitty, Lizzo's shapewear line. You can catch Blackberry on Tuesdays at JR's, Fridays at Hamburg's Mary's and Sundays at ReBar for the Sunday Service Drag Brunch. Also, every second Saturday of the month at The Room Bar during Spring; and the first Thursday of the month at the Ripcord for "Bussypop," a '90s-2000s-themed show.
Mistress Isabelle Brooks, the first Houston queen to compete in "RuPaul's Drag Race," made it to the season 15 finale. The Houston native has been doing drag since she was 16 and calls her style "over-the-top traditional drag with a modern twist." She is a regular at JR's, South Beach and Hamburger Mary's but will be touring with the Werq the World Tour throughout the summer. This includes a July 2nd stop at the Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land.
LaRue, who started dragging in 2015, says she'll "always be sexy and glamorous, she'll always give you the fantasy,Dahling." But you'll still never be quite sure what she's going to do. A slow and sexy ballad? A fast-paced male rap? A 20-minute Selena mini-concert? Yeah, yeah, andyes queen. Join her at Ripcord every third Tuesday of the month for The LaRue Takeover and every third Wednesday of the month for Adriana's Dungeon. Wednesdays in South Beach for Millennial Dolls; Thursday at Buddy's Houston for Chingona Jueves; Sundays alternate bohemian and rebar for brunch; and Sunday nights at JR's Super Sunday Drag Show.
Lana Blake is a Houston icon. She has been performing for more than three decades and is a former Miss Texas USofA Classic. You can see them weekly at Barcode (Thursdays) and Michael's Outpost (Fridays and Saturdays). The Eyecons Saturday performance is Houston's longest-running celebrity illusion show. Blake appears as Cher, Madonna, Barbara Streisand, Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, and others.
Angelina is possibly a strong performer. But she's also working to "make visible what it means to be a drag queen in the Bayou City." To that end, the non-binary artist has expanded her reach beyond the stage. She works with MyGayHouston, the city's official LGBTQ+ guide; and a drag-arts proponent of Stages theater. Watch Angelina host Sunday karaoke at JR's and The Neon Rouge, a monthly burlesque show at Hamburg's Mary's.
DLB is not just a drag queen. She's a drag mogul. She was crowned Miss Gay Texas America in 2014, placed first in the 2019 Miss Gay America pageant, and is the host of the long-running Dessie's Drag Race competition. (Every Houston queen worth her sequins took part.) Her repertoire includes illusions by Janis Joplin, Pink,Taylor Swift, Lucille Ball, Lady Gaga and Stevie Nicks. Catch her performances Thursdays and Sundays at Hamburg's Mary's, Fridays at KiKi' and monthly at Electric Feelgood, Eureka Heights and Katy Vibes.
KaraDion is one of Houston's most enduring queens. And one of the most versatile. She can crack a joke. She can host karaoke. She can dance to a country number or a pop classic on stage. And she can make you cry when she pours herself into a ballad. You can see them regularly at popular spots around town or at special events.
In addition to her burgeoning drag career, Wilhelmina Guess is a singer and make-up artist and performs mainly in Galveston. She was crowned Miss Spookums 2021 and Miss Sweetheart 2022 at Robert Lafitte. "In my eight years of dragging, it's become everything to me. I live and breathe drag.” When she's not performing, Guess volunteers with the Salvation Army in Galveston.
Persephone started doing drag on a whim in 2017. She worked at Hamburger Mary's and signed on for a turnabout show where staff who've never done drag try to take the stage. But her fascination with dressing up started earlier. “As a kid, I would run around the house covering myself with blankets and towels and tights on my head, which I would tie in a bun. I called myself Cinderella,” she recalls. Persephone is a "hyper-femme queen with poise and elegance". She performs at Winnie's in Midtown on the last Sunday of the month for a drag brunch; once a month for their quiz show at Tiny Champions in EaDo; bingo once a month in Wicklow Heights; and every Friday and Monday at The Nook Cafe at the University of Houston.
Vavra is a queen of many faces. Literally. She loves cosplay, Broadway, Hollywood glamor and "totally nonsensical comedy". She began doing sporadic drag with the Houston Gaymers, an LGBTQ+ gaming group, in 2015 and has been actively pursuing it since 2017. You can see her at Michael's Outpost for The Broad's Way and the comedic drag show Laugh Track.
ChloeCrawford Ross brings urban swag to everything she does, mixing it with glamour, fashion and cool sensuality. She made her drag debut at Bayou City Bar and Grill in 2010. (Who remembers those days?) You can catch them weekly at Boheme, JR's and South Beach. As a trans woman, the meaning of Pride has evolved for Ross. “Proud now means continuing to fight to be heard. It means believing in the light that shines within all of us. It means speaking as a united force and representing the entire alphabet when you need it.”
From her name alone, this queen was born to be on stage. She was only 13 years old when she started dragging in 1994, little knowing that this was the beginning of her journey as a trans woman. Mirage describes her drag aesthetic as "crazy, sexy, cool with an African and Caribbean flair." You can catch her weekly across the city, including at Barcode and Grand Prize.
Goofy and glamorous, LaRue is always ready to kill. "I love to dance," she says. And I also love just having a great time and connecting with my audience.” Catch her host Snatch'd Tuesdays at Ripcord and Wednesdays with the Millennial Dolls at JR's.
Even casual Houston drag fans know Violet S'Arbleu. The "thinking man's drag queen" has performed all over the city, to every audience and in every possible venue. She's a former Miss Gay Texas America who knows everything from pop culture to politics. (We love an educated queen.) Catch her on Wednesdays at The Dollhouse in the Grand Prize Bar for The Dollhouse; Thursdays have karaoke at JR's; Fridays and Saturdays at Michael's Outpost.
"Drag uses society's aesthetic concept of gender to create art," says Chloe Knox. She started in 2012 and has grown into one of Houston's most creative queens. She is a two-time winner of Dessie's Drag Race, a long-standing local competition. "It's an incredibly blessed life," she says. "I know it won't be like this forever and I wouldn't have it any other way. Knox performs at Michael's Outpost twice a month and at Barcode every last Friday of the month."
Everyone hail the queen! Laisha LaRue is the newly crowned Miss Gay Pride Houston 2023. She has been doing drag since 2010 and loves to gag the girls in beauty pageants. She hosts "Diamantés," a Latin American show, on the second Sunday of every month at Kiki. and is part of the LaRue Takeover Show at the Ripcord on the third Thursday of every month.
Marsha Mellow started dragging in 1996. "I remember the time we were called female impersonators," she says. "I have a lot of sass and guts." She has appeared on Katy Vibes, Buddy's and On the Rox and has plans for a cabaret show. She's also known around town for her deadly Adele illusion.
Her name suggests a bit of heat, but Cyn City has glamour, too. She was Miss Gay Texas USofA Newcomer 2019 and is a celebrity impersonator. You can catch them on Sundays at Boheme's outdoor drag brunch.
In the words of Drag Race favoriteHeidi N Schrank, Kiki Dion Van Wales is "busy, busy, blessed and very popular." She co-owns the annual Galveston Pride celebration and runs shows at the First Christian Church of Katy and Scotty's Pub on the Bay. Van Wales also works with #ActOutHTX, an LGBTQ+ rights advocacy group.
Good Luck, And Don't F--- It Up. "Good luck, and don't f--- it up" was coined by RuPaul, but has been used by many of the fellow judges and even competitors.How tall is RuPaul? › Why does RuPaul say Shantay you stay? ›
Shantay!" When asked about the meaning of "shantay", RuPaul replied that the term means "to weave a friend" (from the French "enchanté" which means nice to meet you). The term had previously appeared in the 1990 drag ballroom documentary Paris Is Burning.Why does Shantay mean stay? ›
Shante, you stay
Definition: Reassurance that you are not going home; Ru calls her girls Shante as a term of endearment. Used in a sentence: "Jiggly Caliente, Shante, you stay."
The world's tallest drag queen and RuPaul's Drag Race season 7 contestant, Tempest DuJour transforms James into a jaw-dropping showgirl!
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star has been married for many years, he and his husband do not have any children together.
Tempest DuJour is not only the tallest contestant in the show but also the tallest drag queen in the world, being eight feet tall.What does shantay mean in French? ›
Shantay as a girl's name is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Shantay is "stone". Shantay is related to the French name Chantal.What is gagging in drag slang? ›
Gagging is used to describe something extremely fierce. Example: "Your performance -- I was gagging the whole time -- it was so amazing, you were so fierce." "Gagging is basically when something is so fierce you are losing your mind on it, you're choking on it," drag queen Nicky Doll said.Did RuPaul get sober? ›
RuPaul Charles, sober for nearly two decades, mentors artists from all walks of life.
fish / fishy. a term used to describe when a drag queen looks like a cis-gendered woman.What does slay mean in drag? ›
Slay- To slay is to kill it, whether its a lip sync battle or a challenge they're set, the winning queen will have slayed it.What does RuPaul say when someone leaves? ›
"She done already done had herses" is a phrase RuPaul picked up from a worker at a fast food restaurant years ago. She was upset because she was due for a break & someone else who had already had a break was leaving instead. RuPaul also says "You country breakfast is ready," inspired by this same girl.Who has the smallest waist on Drag Race? ›
First up, the fishy fabulousness that is Violet Chachki. As she's quick to tell you, Violet has the smallest waist in Drag Race history.Has a big girl ever won Drag Race? ›
In 14 seasons, a plus-size contestant has never been crowned America's Next Drag Superstar. In Season 15, one queen has emerged as the potential frontrunner to make history.Who is the most famous Drag Race contestant? ›
Bianca Del Rio is the most-followed "Drag Race" queen on Instagram, and she's one of the most successful. With 2.5 million followers on Instagram, Bianca del Rio continues to attract fans with her dry, brutal wit after winning "Drag Race" in 2014.Who is RuPaul's drag daughter? ›
Aquaria (drag queen) - Wikipedia.Who is the youngest drag queen to win RuPaul? ›
Luke Fenn (born 10 October 2001), professionally known as Krystal Versace, is an English drag queen best known for winning the third series of the reality show RuPaul's Drag Race UK. Crowned at the age of 19, Krystal is the youngest ever Drag Race winner.Who is the youngest queen on Drag Race? ›
Morrigan became the youngest queen to ever compete in the franchise when she competed on Drag Race Thailand Season 1, and was eliminated on her 19th birthday, coming in 8th place.Who is the oldest drag queen ever? ›
Darcelle XV was crowned the oldest drag queen by Guinness World Records in 2016. PORTLAND, Ore. -- Darcelle XV, the Guinness World Record holder for oldest drag queen performer, died Thursday at 92, her Portland, Oregon, cabaret announced on social media.
A female queen, diva queen, or hyper queen is a drag queen who identifies as a woman. These performers are generally indistinguishable from the more common male drag queens in artistic style and techniques.Who is the most Googled drag queen? ›
While Trixie Mattel was googled the most in countries with the highest populations, Nina was the most googled queen in the most individual countries over all. In the end Nina West was the top queen of the study by over one million searches.What does RuPaul say at the beginning of every show? ›
"She done already done had herses" is a phrase RuPaul picked up from a worker at a fast food restaurant years ago. She was upset because she was due for a break & someone else who had already had a break was leaving instead. RuPaul also says "You country breakfast is ready," inspired by this same girl.What is RuPaul's love yourself quote? ›
"If you can't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?" RuPaul, the four-time winner of Best Reality Host at the Emmys, has always been known for his inspirational quotes like the one above.Does RuPaul do Celebrity Lingo? ›
RuPaul's Celebrity Lingo appears to have been cancelled after just one series. The Drag Race icon debuted as host of the ITV Sunday night show last year, which is itself a spin-off of the daytime TV game show hosted by Adil Ray.What does RuPaul like to be called? ›
RuPaul is noted among famous drag queens for his indifference towards the gender-specific pronouns used to address him—both "he" and "she" have been deemed acceptable. "You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don't care!What does fishy mean in drag? ›
fish / fishy. a term used to describe when a drag queen looks like a cis-gendered woman. gag / gagging. another term used in place of "stunned"What does RuPaul say at the end of each episode? ›
As RuPaul says herself at the end of each and every episode: “If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love somebody else? Can I get an amen?”What does RuPaul say before a lip sync? ›
Before the lip sync begins, Ru will state the following to the queens: "Two queens stand before me. Ladies, this is your last chance to impress me, and save yourself from elimination. The time has come... for you to lip sync...What is the famous line from love You Forever? ›
I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be. my baby you'll be.
- Sissy That Walk.
- Blame It On The Edit (feat. The Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race) ...
- Call Me Mother.
- Cover Girl.
- Supermodel (You Better Work)
- Catwalk (feat. Skeltal Ki) ...
- A.S.M.R Lover (feat. Skeltal Ki) ...
- Read U Wrote U (Ellis Miah Mix) [feat.
The whole drag thing is an acting career, and I am an introvert masquerading as an extrovert.Does RuPaul have pronouns? ›
What are RuPaul's pronouns? RuPaul has expressed indifference to pronouns, writing in his autobiography: “You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don't care!Who is the most famous drag RuPaul? ›
Hurricane Bianca has truly taken on the world and is currently the most popular Drag Race winner with 2.5 million Instagram followers.Do you call a drag queen he or she? ›
Some drag queens may prefer to be referred to as "she" while in drag and desire to stay completely in character. Other drag performers are indifferent to which pronoun is used to refer to them. RuPaul has said, "You can call me he. You can call me she.Is RuPaul Still married to his wife? ›
Since 1994, RuPaul has been in a relationship with his now-husband Georges LeBar.Does RuPaul name his wigs? ›
@RuPaul names all her wigs.