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How I Spent Madonna’s Birthday

My friend Magnus was staying with me for a few days.  He’s Norwegian, but lives in Copenhagen, and we met several years ago when he was visiting New York.



Who looks more Scandinavian?


Last night, he and some of his friends attended my weekly Bingo gig at Le Poisson Rouge—and he won the cash jackpot! I swear it wasn’t rigged!



Posing with his winnings and Bingo spokesmodel Calamity Chang.


Afterwards, we went to the gay bar Eastern Bloc for a Madonna birthday celebration, including pretty tranny Thang as Madge from her Sex book era.



Thang on the sidewalk with Andree, a friend of Magnus from Copenhagen. He’s a DJ (and obviously gorgeous).



John was go-go dancing. He’s about the age that Madonna goes for.


And in case you’re wondering about my outfit… My friend Lola styled me and made my skirt.



In the concrete jungle.


I’ve barely left the city this entire summer, and to quote Madonna, “We need a holiday.”  In the meanwhile, I might as well enjoy myself!



Happy Birthday Lady Bunny, You Old Bat!

My best frenemy Lady Bunny turns 3,000 years-old today!

Here we are in 1991.


It was Gay Pride Day and we were feeling very lesbo.

It was Gay Pride Day and we were feeling very lesbo.



Alone in My Dressing Room, I Wait to Begin the Show…

I’m happy to report that my debut presentation of “The Drag Explosion, Part Two” was a success!



I wasn’t totally alone backstage;
Tim Ramney of Dixon Place took the photo.


But no time to rest on my laurels! I’m doing a major cleaning of my apartment for relatives coming from out of town.

This summer has not been relaxing at all… Gotta take some time off pretty soon or I shall collapse!



It’s Summer Sequel Time! Get Ready for “The Drag Explosion, Part Two!”

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:



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



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



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!



I Disapprove!

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.




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!



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

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!



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



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


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"The thinking woman's drag queen."
—Paper Magazine
"A wordly wit."
—The New York Times
One of NYC's Top Ten Drag Queens.
—Time Out New York

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