Drag queens come and go, but only a few endure the test of time.
Just ask Linda Simpson, who joined New York’s gender-bending scene in the 1980s. Over the years she has shined as one of the drag world’s most multi-faceted DQs, including as a nightlife personality, media maven, performer, game-show hostess and drag documentarian. Known for her witty demeanor, fine-tuned camp sensibility, and unique blend of sass and class, she enthusiastically embraces the role she was born to play—a reigning queen!
Like most drag queens, Linda Simpson was born after dark, starting out at the legendary Pyramid Club, the hub of the campy East Village scene during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Since then, she’s been involved in nightlife ventures galore, from hosting weekly parties to producing and promoting large-scale special events.
Linda’s first media project was My Comrade magazine, a campy mix of drag queen culture and gay activism. The magazine published from 1986 to 1995, and enjoyed a revival a decade later. Her other journalism credits include writing columns for HX and Out magazines, and assisting her male alter ego, Les Simpson, during his three years as editor of the Gay & Lesbian section for Time Out New York magazine. Her Internet credits include Nerve.com, ArtFagCity and The Huffington Post.
Linda has written and produced four acclaimed plays, all dark comedies—The Tranny Chase and The Final Episode (both produced at P.S. 122), The Bad Hostess (at La Mama Theatre), and The Emperor’s New Codpiece (at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on 42nd Street).
All of Linda’s plays have starred her in the leading role, including a Medieval nightclub performer, troubled talk-show hostess, and a drag queen searching for love. She’s also shown off her acting abilities in a variety of movies, television shows and YouTube skits.
Linda’s career path took an interesting turn around 2000 when she began hosting Bingo, and realized it quite suited her game-show sensibility. Since then, she’s become one of New York’s premier Bingo hostesses, giving new life to the classic game and entertaining throngs of players. For all the scoop, visit LindaLovesBingo.com.
One of Linda’s most acclaimed projects is The Drag Explosion, featuring her photos of New York’s momentous drag scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The multi-media undertaking includes a website (TheDragExplosion.com) and live slideshow presentations by Linda. Her first photo book, PAGES, was published by Peradam in late 2013, and images from the book were exhibited at ClampArt Gallery in April, 2014. Another book is on the way.
PRESS MENTIONS FOR LINDA
“A worldly wit… A kind of mother superior of the New York drag scene.”
— The New York Times
“The thinking woman’s drag queen.”
— Paper Magazine
“The ultimate hostess: a drag queen with no specific gimmick to speak of except for charm, wit, and a fondness for corny jokes.”
“Linda Simpson quotes and quips for the quality-seeking queer in all of us.”
AS FOR THE FUTURE…
Linda is eager to soar to new heights by being more creative and productive than ever before!