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Wigstock, I Remember

If Wigstock was still on Labor Day, there would be a lot of soggy wigs today. It’s raining in NYC.

But the outdoor drag festival hasn’t occurred in years, which is rather a shame. No matter what the weather, it was always a hoot.

Personally, I was never a great Wigstock act. Well, maybe one or two years I was a success. I mostly just liked hanging out with everyone.

I guess that’s the kind of drag queen I am—sociable and easy to please!

Behold a few Wigstock memories:



I took this photo at the very first Wigstock I attended in 1986 (It was founded the previous year).  Lady Bunny, looking quite different than her current incarnation, hosted in the crumbling bandshell of Tompkins Square Park.



I can’t remember off-hand what year this was… It was the early 1990s. Posing for me are Miss Understood and Coco.


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This was Wigstock ’94, the first year it moved to the West Side piers. I’m happy because my performance had gone really well. Also, I had just smoked a joint!


Darling, it’s drag her-story!



The Whole She-Bang!

Coming up soon.. on Monday, September 8th… The most comprehensive version yet of my slideshow extravaganza of NYC’s drag scene from the late 1980s to the mid ’90s. It’s the chance to see Parts One and Two of The Drag Explosion edited together, along with never-seen-before pix!


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It’s at The Wild Project, the slick performance space in the East Village. I like it because it reminds me of a television studio. Perfect setting for a multi-media show!



Machine Gun Mama

Simpson Soap Opera!

My Mom called to tell me she was aghast that my recent blog post made her sound like “an old crone,” because I wrote that she’s been urging me to visit her in Minnesota.

No, I’ve assured her, I didn’t mean to make it sound that way. I want to see you!

Well, once that settled down, she tells me that she’s coming to NYC in October.  So I’ll be seeing her quite a bit this early fall.

Hoo boy, I need a drink.

Kidding! My Mom and I get along great, and I savor our moments together. And I am truly grateful that she never forced me to take submachine gun lessons.





I’m Big in Japan!

There’s an article about me in the new issue of the online magazine HEAPS, which showcases New York City culture for a Japanese audience. Yep, the article is all in Japanese! It’s written by HEAPS delightful editor, Sako Hirano, with photos of me by Omi Tanaka (which were shot at my apartment).


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The focus of this particular issue is NYC’s LGBT community. As Sako explained, Japan’s gay community is not nearly as visible as in the United States, and, consequently, many Japanese are unfamiliar with gay culture. So this issue is sort of an educational tool—and I’m happy to be a part!

Of course, I can’t read the article. But I love the layout, including this Zen-like collage.


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Thank you, HEAPS!



Summer of the Neurotic Drag Queen

It’s been a gorgeous summer in New York, with none of the boiling hot weather that’s usually par for the course this time of year.

So how I feel so stressed and unrelaxed?

Over the many years that I’ve lived in New York, I’ve become so neurotic that I have a very hard time slowing down, including taking advantage of summer activities. Go for a walk in Central Park? No time! An outdoor movie? No time! Go to the beach? No time!

Of course, I do have the time. It’s not like I’m accomplishing that much otherwise. I’m well aware that going to somewhere like Central Park is a totally rejuvenating experience. Why do I resist making myself feel better? Imagine how much I could improve my emotional health if I actually took the time to go upstate or to the beach.

Anyway, I just made reservations to go to Minnesota in September. Mostly, it’s because my Mom has been urging me to visit. Plus, there will be plenty of friends to see, and maybe some other relatives. It definitely won’t be a lay-around holiday. But at least the pace is quieter and I’ll get away. Hopefully, I’ll find the time to smell the roses, breath the fresh air, and relax, goddammit.


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