You Ranked Us – You Really Ranked Us

Well, I guess we were bound to be on someone’s list sooner or later.  We’re honored to be in the company of such a great list of drag queen sites.

Feedspot gave us a spot right under RuPaul herself and there’s no place we’d rather be!  So thank you, we’re not exactly clear on things, but we like the company we’re keeping on the list.

Please take a gander at the rankings and see if you agree by visiting Feedspot HERE.

I guess this means we should probably keep this going?  We’re honored and grateful.  Thanks Feedspot!

Trio of Tweets from Trump TRANSform the Troops

Yesterday’s upsetting trio of tweets by the commander-in-chief has the community in an outrage.   The United States has been in a tizzy since the “election heard ’round the world” and it seems like every day there’s something new with the “new guy” to talk about.  But the latest upset has reached a new low.

45 stated that “…the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military…” due to some fictional burden he’s determined to exist.  Talk about “Fake News” it was revealed that a fraction of a percentage of the military’s budget would go to medical expenses for the trans service people who are bravely serving the country.

It was important to Drag Queens Galore, who has an outstanding and loving following that consists of many beautiful trans family members, that we speak out and let our trans family know that you are loved.  It must have been a crazy day for you hearing all of this in the media and the “aim” of his latest hate being aimed at you.  If you follow this blog, you know where we stand on 45.  But we apologize for him just the same, even though we don’t see him as a representative of how we feel.

You will now see the beauty of the community, who comes together to fight against the world when any of us are “come for” outside of our community.  When we come together we’re much stronger.  When we stay together we’re indestructible.  Yes, we have our internal conflicts, but remember this part, this part when we won’t let anyone hurt us.  When US means all of us, no matter what shape, color, background we are.

Love each other, fight for each other, we’re family.  Our family is being torn apart by petty arguments about M&Ms when we have to come together and support each other.  LOVE is all that matters and that love will fuel the fight against our fiercest enemies.  We can defeat hate with love, understanding, compassion, and care.  Remember, people fear what they don’t understand, so let’s help them understand.  Understand that 15,000 troops are important to the dwindling numbers of military service people, regardless of their gender.  They agreed to die for this country. THEY VOLUNTEERED TO DIE FOR THE COUNTRY, we owe them so much more than this betrayal.

To our trans family, we love you, we see you, you are not a burden, your rights matter to us and we will continue to spread our message until our last breath.  Thank you to those who have served and volunteered to give your life so we can live in this free world where we still have freedoms we take for granted every day.

EVERYONE SAY LOVE, AND MEAN IT!

Queens Of The Show

With the mainstreaming of Drag Queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race moving to VH-1 and this season’s contestants being talked about on Saturday Night Live to Drag Makeup Courses being held at the Google Campus in the Silicon Valley, there’s no doubt Drag has made a significant move from its underground beginnings.  But with each move closer to mainstream, are there also things being “lost in translation”?

Are there a lot of people who once shamed Drag and its tendency to piss “straight-edge” people off by being “too in your face” coming to the “dark side”?  Can you come back from trashing drag and feature it in your shows?  Is the Drag community forgiving?  Or does that stance remain a dirty stain on your resume forever?

This may be something we have yet to find out.  Drag has pushed its way through the back alley dive bars, dancing in front of mirrors in the bathroom, and dressing up for Halloween into the forefront of entertainment.  It seems like these days you can’t have a successful show without some sort of inclusion of, what I like to call, “the drag effect” in it.  Whether it’s Alexander Skarsgård in his Kinky Boots Drag (who calls San Francisco Empress Mercedez Munro Drag Mother) or Zac Efron in Baywatch opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson going “undercover” in full drag, these parts are not being shied away from in any.

But there seems to be some leeway when someone who is seen as a straight male dressing up in drag gets dolled up versus a drag queen in a competition.  Somehow, the “drag queen” should know better and be better.  While RuPaul’s Drag Race is “the SuperBowl of drag” it’s definitely got a lot in common with Kinky Boots and Baywatch, it’s all entertainment.  But somehow, the internet critics, who know more than anyone in the world, forget that very important part.  It’s for fun, it’s for entertainment and if at the end of the day you find yourself smiling, laughing, in a better mood because you have the ability to watch a cable television show that is now going on its 9th year running strong with no end in sight, then be grateful, be humble, and enjoy the luxury of drag on television.

Those who do the wonderful art of drag, I salute you, as always, for being brave, being smart, being bold and being able to be the butt of the joke.  Because it takes a lot of courage to get up in front of a crowd to do anything, much less this thing that everyone seems to be such an expert in.  Please do not forget the queens who have come before you, who have paved the way for you to have all the “fame and glory” you do have.  Those who are activists, those who refuse to back down when they are told “you can’t do drag” because drag, while loved by many, can be feared by those who don’t understand it.  And being fearful of something allows way too much power to be given up.  So let them fear you, make them hear you and stand together.  Don’t let them quiet your screams, don’t let them dull your shine.  Whether you’re a queen on a television show, in a movie, a part of a local show, or you dress up in front of the mirror and take beautiful pictures of yourself.  Never let them take it from you.  Be the leaders drag queens were meant to be.

#FREEHEYQWEEN Movement Is On!

Holding Hey Qween for hostage is the latest move by the Silicon Valley to show its inclusivity.  And by inclusivity I mean, yet another punch to the Google discrimination charge.  Earlier this week word got out that Google has severely underpaid its female employees compared to male counterparts in the same position.

Now, it seems that Google’s other hand has been shaking up the LGBTQ community by “reviewing” Hey Qween’s videos for content.  Guess picking on girls wasn’t enough, had to go after “the gays” too to make sure it was “fair”.

Hey Qween’s host, Jonny McGovern had this to say about the issue:

The movement is on people.  Hit up the Twittersphere, Instasphere, Facesphere and maybe visit that Google+ thing they have tried so desperately to make “a thing” and make it known that Hey Qween is not the one.

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The Importance Of “Untuck[ing]”

If you’re into drag queens, you’re likely watching RuPaul’s Drag Race in its ninth glorious season.  If you’re a fan of the show, you probably also watch Untucked.  If you’re a little obsessed, like most of the bloggers and social media accounts dedicated to drag queens, you also watch everything World of Wonder, Hey Qween, and YouTube have to offer.

But in my opinion, Drag Race doesn’t really show us who we’re watching, and I didn’t really get to know anyone from that first episode until I watched Untucked.  While Lady Gaga dominated most of the first episode, for obvious reasons, it was important for us to see a bit more about the queens when they weren’t competing against each other and had a drink to relax.

We’re never going to get as raw with the queens as the Untucked of the early seasons because people are definitely self-editing more and more.  But there’s something to be said about what the queens aren’t saying in the show.

For example, James Mansfield didn’t say much, which said a lot.  If you’ve ever hung out with any drag queens, you know, their personalities, while differing greatly, tend to be grand and very verbose.  And why not?  They’re in their outfits, with their wigs, their makeup and we went to see them, not the other way around.  So it is all about them.  But what these queens may or may not be prepared for is each other.

Sharing the attention may not be what they’re used to.  It may be a matter of just overwhelming the senses or a case of fish changing pond sizes, or just pond mates in general.  They’re plucked out of their routine, put into this routine, and mixing with people they’ve not worked with before, in an environment they’re not used to, without any of their normal “cheerleaders” to cheer them on. (Excuse the pun)

If they’re lucky, they manage to find a member of “their tribe” as Ru would put it.  They’ll partner or group up with like-mined individuals, or geographically similar queens.  But for those who don’t quite fit just right, they’re often left to fend for themselves.  And it seems like those who don’t have that cheering squad with them are left to cheer for themselves.  And baby, “if you can’t [cheer for] yourself, how the hell you gonna [cheer for] somebody else?”

But what I found most endearing about James’ departure, “be kind”.  We all know there are about a dozen or so queens every year who have to go through intense scrutiny for being on this show.  However long their stay, they’ve made it to this show.  Yes, their booking fees go up.  Yes, they’re on these posters as “Ru-girls” now.  But they’re also carrying this weight with them.  “With great power, comes great responsibility” and that responsibility is they must now deal with more criticism than the hundreds of thousands of drag queens in the world who are not on the show because they don’t reach the living rooms of millions of people.

They’re not just competitors on a show though.  I think Untucked allows you to see the people behind the queens.  So if you’re not enjoying the “after show” on Saturday with Untucked on YouTube, you’re missing out.  My hope is you’ll see these PEOPLE and their flaws and understand, they’re people first and that queen second.  It’s fine to have a favorite, to express your support for your favorite and even say something on social media about it.  But try to remember, if you’re going to spread mean, hurtful things to these people who are trying to make a living through their art, there’s a person under there.  A person like you or me, who’s gone through things we have no idea about.  So listen to the silence and learn from it.  We need kindness more than ever and I urge you to spread that instead of the cruel thoughts you can easily keep to yourself.

Being mean is easy, step your game up and try a little kindness queen.

Party Monsters United!

What happens when infamous party throwers and drag queens The Boulet Brothers invite a legendary club kid and performance artist, Kevin Aviance to their show?

Find out TONIGHT!  If you’re in the LA area get up, get out and meet legendary queens, The Boulet Brothers as they host Kevin Aviance for their weekly show Queen Kong.  It’s a show you don’t want to miss!

For details and more information on the show, visit The Boulet Brothers’ Facebook Event page.  Be sure to Follow The Boulet Brothers and Kevin Aviance on social media for additional photos and fun at the show.

Dragging Out Black History Month

If you follow our Instagram account @dragqueensgalore you’ll see a number of black drag queens being showcased this month in honor or Black History Month.  It’s important to know, embrace, and cherish our history.

Our community must remain diligent in celebrating who we are as LGBTQ community members, whether we identify as LGBTQ or simply support the community.  Every single one of us is to be celebrated and loved.  We remain diligent in bringing to you the positive parts of the movement and remain steadfast in our commitment to bringing art to the world by sharing our love for drag.

We realize how many people tag us and send us requests to be featured on our Instagram account and on our website every single day.  We can’t thank you enough for honoring us with this.  You are amazing and we will definitely get as many of those requests fulfilled as soon as possible.  However, it is very important to take some time to focus on Black History Month because so much of LGBTQ history is intertwined with Black History.   This is the reason we started with RuPaul Charles.  Who is THE most famous drag queen in the history of drag.  We also heard this rumor she was black, so we put her picture up on day one.

No matter what country you follow Drag Queens Galore from, we know we share a love for drag and that makes you our family.  So from our “drag family” to yours, we sincerely hope you enjoy our month long celebration of drag queens in history, in music, in the now, and of course our sprinkling of RuPaul’s Drag Race girls who have forever made their mark on drag in their own unique ways.