I am busy, busy, busy this week as I finish creating my latest slideshow extravaganza, “The Drag Explosion, Part Two,” featuring more of my photos of NYC’s momentous drag scene from the late 1980s to the mid ’90s. The premiere is Friday, August 1st, at 7:30pm, at Dixon Place’s annual HOT! Festival (which is where I triumphantly debuted “The Drag Explosion” last summer).

In “Part Two,” I delve further into this seminal time in drag history as I reflect on life lessons I’ve learned as a queen, as well as compare drag’s hot-button issues then and now. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the photos that I’ll be narrating:

 

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Mona Foot, Tim, Lady Bunny, Linda Simpson and Lahoma Van Zandt at New Year’s Eve Party at Webster Hall. (1991)

 

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Servalan, Helen Redmeat and Lucille LeSewer at Wigstock in Union Square Park. (1991)

 

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Sweetie at the Pyramid Club. (1991)

 

Dixon Place is located at 161a Chrystie Street between Delancey and Rivington Sts, and advance tickets are available at the HOT! Festival website.

Hope to see you!

 

Let it be publicly known that I, Linda Simpson, disapprove of the following cultural developments:

*Comic character Archie is being killed in an upcoming issue, when he stops a bullet meant for his gay friend Kevin.

 

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Gee whiz, what ever happened to comics being lighthearted? I used to love the Archie series as a kid, but how can I ever appreciate them again with this tragic gay twist? Bad publicity stunt!

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*Lawmakers want to crack down on Times Square’s costumed characters, because some of them are supposedly bothering tourists.

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I live right next to Times Square and I’ve seen some of the characters be a bit uncouth as they try to get payment for posing for photos. But most of the tourists love the characters. As for those tourists that are bothered, well, maybe they should never ever leave their hotel rooms. New York is over regulated as it is, leave the costumed guys and gals alone!

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*Media goes crazy over kids left alone in cars in parking lots.

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Yes, we get it, leaving infants in hot, suffocating cars is a bad thing. Not good. Now go report on some real news!

 

Wanna hear me yak about gay nightlife on the mega news site The Huffington Post?

I’m the most recent “prominent person” to be included in the ongoing series, “After Dark: NYC Nightlife Today And Days Past.”

 

Linda Simpson Huffingon Post Drag Queen

 

I mostly focus on my early days of doing drag. One of these days, I’ll have to share what I’ve done after 1995!

Big thanks to writer James Nichols for including me.