Dragged Into Music Videos?

When Mama Ru says she’s taking over, she really means she’s taking over.  She’ll bring whoever she wants with her or send her queens to the show on her behalf.  Whatever the case, RuPaul has made it known, the queens are here and they’re here to stay!

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Coco Montrese, Alyssa Edwards, Roxxxy Andrews, Phi Phi O’Hara, Ginger Minj, Katya Zamolodchikova, Detox, Tatianna, Alaska Thunderfvck

Unforgettable queens sported some of the most unforgettable looks of the Video Music Awards past.  Only thing missing was “Party” girl, Adore.  Who may have missed the show for her tour stop in Manchester over the weekend.

Who was your favorite All Stars 2 remake?

 

The All Stars Are Coming The All Stars Are Coming!

That’s right, we’ve been talking about RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2 since the end of All Stars 1.   From lyrics in Alaska Thunderfuck’s RuGirls to self-proclaimed reasons why April Carrion didn’t win her season, the queens have been waiting for their next chance at drag super stardom.

But who picked these queens?  Who thought these were the “All Stars” of RuPaul’s Drag Race? We’ve participated in enough online polls by drag websites, Logo TV and RuPaul’s Drag Race social media.  But were your votes heard?

I don’t know about you, but it seems like this is a very heavy Season 5 cast of Drag Race alumni. Which makes one wonder, “does it make better sense to cast those who make great TV?” After all that is what we’re doing, watching TV.  This show didn’t get it’s first official Emmy nod (other than Mathu and his makeup skills in 2015) this year. Proving that a man in a dress can still kick your ass.

All Stars 2 cast from Entertainment Weekly
All Stars 2 cast from Entertainment Weekly

But back to the casting, what if there isn’t a way to accurately calculate who’s voting more than once? What if the producers felt bad for not awarding certain runners-up the crown originally?  What about all those who cried, “but she didn’t deserve to win, [Insert your favorite queen here] did!”

Were people still bothered by Tyra Sanchez winning from Season 2 and thought? Well maybe now that Tatianna and Raven have squashed their beef, we can commence her return to the RuPaul’s Drag Race runway.  Will she be saying “Thank you” or be sent home? (You know you said it in your head as you read it)

What about Miss Phi Phi O’Hara who this year has launched her 365 days (yes-she-knows-this-is-leap-year-give-her-a-day-off) campaign where she’s literally brought us looks to die for every single day! Could that be her way of saying, “Look at my work and worship me like the All Star that I am!”

And who can forget the Coco-Alyssa dance off to end all dance offs for a crown that one lost to the other because of some secret stuff no one really still understands? Bringing back memorable quotes that inspired songs like “look how orange you are girl” and of course, “back rolls”!

But really, does anyone NOT want to see what happens when RoLaskaTox is reunited? While The Heathers may have made beautiful music together (cough-ok maybe not beautiful but fun-cough), RoLaskaTox actually got in trouble by Miss Michelle Visage herself.  Was she trying to break up the playground bullies or did she just want in on the group?

Speaking of playgrounds, what about that Adore Delano? Who’s now on her sophomore album After Party, following her debut album Till Death Do Us Party after her Season 6 appearance. With her return to Drag Race it only makes sense to hear more from her.

But the newest members of the Drag Race family who were “robbed” of their crowns, Miss Congeniality herself, Ekaterina Zamolodchikova, better known as Katya the Russian import (who we later found out had no ties to “Mother Russia”) and runner-up, Ginger Minj.  Both of these queens had their time on stage with now winner Violet Chachki when we thought both may have snatched the crown.

In the end, Mama Ru knows, you can’t please all the people all the time.  So let’s hope for the best for each of these already stellar and successful queens as we watch their journey next week. Remember to play nice on social media and go out to your local drag show, you never know who’s going to be on the next season or even an All Star.

Drag Heals

glitterhighheelRecently, Drag Queens Galore received a rather long email from what seemed like a disgruntled reader.  There were sentences like, “Allow me to relate to you the horror I just went through….” and ” because of the lack of up to date accurate information of this kind.”

At first, I thought, “Oh no, what did I write wrong now?” Try as I might, there will always be someone more informed, more “in the know” than me or my sources.  But when I found out the message was about not having a drag show to go to, I thought, “The power of drag.”

The writer of the message, who we’ll call Charlotte, was frustrated from searching for a good drag show in her neighborhood.  As you know, the search engines are getting more and more spam filled and depending on which version of some of the internet…. searches, you can get more commercials than actual answers to your inquiry.  Charlotte was looking high and low, with limited available resources that you and I probably take for granted.  See Charlotte lives in Colorado, she’s got limited mobility and due to a sexual assault, she’s got a slew of other baggage that comes along with the mental damage her assailant has left her with.

So, as is for many with limited mobility, she is on an income that has to pay for healthcare on top of the average living expenses.  So she’s cut out cell phone service (no apps) and internet (she uses the public library) and doesn’t drive (she uses public transportation).  Even with all of this going on, Charlotte’s concern?  Break up the monotony of doctor visits, lawyer visits and working to see a drag show.

A drag show she couldn’t find even though the internet told her to go to a specific address to find one.  Imagine the emotional roller coaster she’s already been on followed by the sucker punch of no drag show after all she’d gone through to get to the address she thought was right.

When Charlotte told me her story, I thought to myself, ‘how much do I take for granted?’  First off, I can walk around, to say the least, search things on my phone and sit at my computer all within the confines of my home.  Everyone knows public transportation in California is a joke, so the car has become somewhat of a necessity, but I have to that access as well.  But mostly, I take for granted that I can just go to a drag show any night of the week and know I’m going to get something great.

But what is it that makes drag so important?  Why does a single show have such an impact that someone with such difficulty getting around would save up to travel such lengths to see one?

For me, I think it’s an escape.  You’re in a club/bar/lounge/festival or whatever the venue, surrounded by people, some of who have been through hell to be able to call themselves LGBT, but all who appreciate the struggle and celebration of what it means to be part of this community.  And a performer has completely transformed himself into this larger than life character who focuses on you for 5 seconds.  In that 5 seconds, you matter, not only do you matter, but you matter to the person everyone is there for!  And even if you spent your entire day being looked over, talked down to, or treated badly, this performer has made your day!

Drag Queens Galore has always stuck by the core value of being a promoter of drag.  That doesn’t mean every show is shared here, it doesn’t mean you’ll catch the scoop here.  But when the queens meet me and the first words out of their mouths are, “oh, you’re the nice one” it makes me feel like I’ve done it right.  So, that being said, appreciating drag is not the same as being a fan[atic].  There are so many styles, so many versions, so many definitions of drag that no ONE in particular is the right one.  As long as you’re bringing that feeling of, “thank goodness for this performer,” to your audience, you’ll win every time.

Charlotte is headed to a show this weekend, by the way.  So don’t worry about her, she’s going to have a great time!  As I hope you do as well.  And don’t take anything for granted, because there are so many without, be sure to take a step back and be grateful.

How did Drag change your day, night, week, month, year or even life?  What part of you did drag heal?  At the end of the day, all we need is a little more fabulous in our lives right? 

Drag The Color Lines

Recently, RuPaul posted on Social Media, “Shunned by whites for being 13315648_1261299813887643_7772192246850039997_nblack, by blacks for being gay, and by gays for being fem….”  Needless to say, someone will always be ready to judge you, perhaps the problem is not the color of your skin, or the gender of the person you love.  Perhaps it truly is as Ru says… “Ego needs to feel superior over others”

But why? What is it about judging someone that makes you feel superior? Why do we feel comfortable judging someone’s “look” and “dragging them through it” when most of us don’t have the courage to step on a stage out of costume, much less in heels wearing clothes for the “wrong gender”?

What makes anyone think that because we look at others and have an opinion, that anyone else wants to hear what we’re saying?  What makes people of different ethnic backgrounds, upbringing, countries even, think they know what the other should or should not be doing?

What if, just for one day at a time, we took a look at ourselves.  We took a really good look.  Not one of those mirror checks where you give yourself approval as you walk out the door for the club.  But a good hard look at what it is that makes you think anyone wants to hear the negative things you have to say in life?

Have you noticed, it’s a competition about who has it worse when we’re talking about things as simple as sleep?  “I got 4 hours of sleep last night….” “oh yeah, well I only got 3 hours of broken sleep.”  Why would this be a competition anyone wants to join? The “Who Has It Worse” club is definitely among those throwing a lot of shade at people doing things they don’t understand.

When you come from a place of hate and fear, your words will reflect that.  But if you have love and understanding in your heart, that will pour out. So no matter what the color of your skin, gay, bi, straight, butch, femme, whatever you identify as with your gender, sexuality, race, nationality or any of the million things that make us different, embrace the differences. Find something good and you will continue to see the good in the world.

In no way will this completely eliminate hate, but it makes for a few less bitter bitches.  And I hope you agree, we can use a few less bitter bitches…. in case you never noticed… they don’t give awards for being the biggest bitch, but they do for being the most congenial.

AND FIERCE DOES NOT EQUAL BITCH.  You can do fierce without being a bitch honey.  Embrace your beauty, embrace your strength and look for the light instead of the darkness in each day!

:::Steps of soapbox:::

Nor-Cal Tour Of Love Final Stop!!

You only have one last chance to catch Roxxxy Andrews and her Drag Baby Axel Andrews in the Nor-Cal Tour of Love as they celebrate the lives of those lost and those who we are still lucky enough to have with us.

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE DISPLACED STAFF AT ORLANDO’S PULSE NIGHTCLUB!!!

Tonight she joins our queen, Pollo Del Mar at The Cafe, San Francisco

Nor-Cal Tour Of Love Part 2

Catch the much needed Tour of Love, coming to a Northern California Gay Club near you.  You still have Saturday and Sunday to catch Roxxxy Andrews and her Drag Baby Axel Andrews as they celebrate the lives of those lost and those who we are still lucky enough to have with us.

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE DISPLACED STAFF AT ORLANDO’S PULSE NIGHTCLUB!!!

Tonight, Splash, San Jose

Splash Cover Info:
9PM-Close
$10 Cover
$20 VIP Package 1: Includes Meet & Greet w/Photo, and a July 2016 VIP Club Pass

$1000 VIP Package 2: Includes Everything from VIP Package 1 Plus Hosted Bottle Service with a 

Private VIP Room for up to 20 People.
(Email them at info@splashsj.com to book this package)

100% of Door Charge & VIP Packages Donated to 
The Pulse Employee Recovery Fund
 
THEY’VE ALSO SET UP A SPECIAL PAYPAL LINK TO ACCEPT ONLINE DONATIONS FOR THIS SPECIFIC EVENT:
https://www.paypal.me/touroflove

Nor-Cal Tour Of Love

The much needed Tour of Love is coming to a Northern California Gay Club near you.  You have all weekend to catch Roxxxy Andrews and her Drag Baby Axel Andrews as they celebrate the lives of those lost and those who we are still lucky enough to have with us.

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE DISPLACED STAFF AT ORLANDO’S PULSE NIGHTCLUB!!!

First stop Badlands, Sacramento tonight at 8PM!