The Race Versus The Reality

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In 2007, there was buzz around the drag community that RuPaul was shooting some kind of show in her garage for drag queens.  I remember queens like Jewels talking about it after a Sunday Brunch drag show in Long Beach at Hamburger Mary’s (although it wasn’t called that at the time it was Mick & Mack’s).  I remember thinking… “her garage?”

Fast forward to 2018 and the 10th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race hosted by Emmy Award Winning RuPaul Charles, there is no doubt the Race has risen like a Phoenix or a penis (let’s get real, who knows about any other Phoenix than Season 3’s Phoenix O’Hara – who didn’t rise too far in the competition, unfortunately).  But never would anyone have thought the Drag would have so greatly influenced mainstream media.

The problem with this influence is the responsibility that comes with it.  A group who had previously been so looked over as “too-feminine”, “wannabe girls”, and even “trannies” had been given a stage much larger than they were used to being on.  They were put in front of potentially billions of people.  Anyone with access to a TV and eventually an internet connection could see what they said and did.  Those who identified with their favorite queens were living on every word.  “Throwing shade” “reading” “cutting a bitch’s wigs” while in a competition was the light they were seen in.

But what about the parts of drag that we don’t see?  The charitable events drag queens attend and throw to raise money for kids, or those with HIV/AIDS, or any other great cause.  The shows they put on at clubs that are near empty, but they’re up in that gig with the hopes of their event getting some exposure and gaining momentum.  The hours they spend to get ready to make tips, or if they’re lucky $50 – $100 bucks.  The messages of love, persistence, and inspiration they convey to their audience is ever present.

RuPaul calls Drag Race the “Olympics of drag” and tells the girls they need to bring their all when they’re on that show.  The thing is, some of these girls have been grinding and pushing and going through the struggle for years and years.

The girls who haven’t been on that show or even other competitive drag shows like Dragula, don’t have the luxury of booking managers, recognition, thousands of followers on social media, and whatever else we deem as “success” in drag.  In my opinion, they’ve been running a triathlon, an iron-man even, without so much as a medal at the end of the race. The Olympian has been going long before their appearance on the show.

While Drag Race, Dragula and shows like them, give the queens selected for the shows “success”, their responsibility to their audience and fans is an example of kindness, love, and caring for each other.  The title gained as a “star of the show” is not a relief of responsibilities as a leader of the community.  These queens must be mindful young people are watching, seeing mentors, role-models, and aspirations to be similar. The influence of Drag is awesome, let’s ensure the influence includes inclusivity, support, and encouragement.  Remember where we come from.

Ours is a community that has been (and still is) judged, condemned, spat on, beat up, and even bombed all for loving who we love. There are enough external forces attempting to tear us down. Value each other.  Value life. Value that people are struggling with things we cannot imagine struggling with.  Be grateful for what you do have and be encouraging because when one of us is successful, we’re all successful.

Know that your success is our success, your voice is our voice, if you’re saying bad things, we’re saying bad things.  If you’re threatening someone’s life over their opinion about your favorite drag queen, we’re threatening someone’s life. It’s not fair that we’re all judged by the actions of a few, but let’s make those actions positive ones.  If we unite, be positive, and agree to disagree when we differ, we’ll be a beacon.

 

And the Winner Is….

Top 4 – RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3

So much to talk about!!! What is not being talked about is how badly people are talking about queens… At DQG we promote positivity and promotion of queens.  In no way are we trying to speak negatively about who won, we’re always happy to see someone happy and successful.  We would just like to keep everyone mindful that it remains just as important as it’s always has been to be kind to these queens who have allowed you to see them, the good, the bad & the ugly.

So, no matter what you feel about the winner of any drag competition, remember, they’re entertaining us and bringing drag to the mainstream.  While not everyone is feeling great about some of the things going on in the community, we are a community.  Together we’re better than when we are internally tumultuous.

Enjoy the continued entertainment these queens bring us and try to see it within the context of entertainment.  Remember the words US of former first lady, Michelle Obama, “when they go low, we go high.”  Hate breeds hate, so try to spin it positively if you can.  And if you don’t have something nice to say… as usual, “shhhhhh”.

We love you! Take good care of each other, we’ll be back watching next week with a new group of girls we don’t know as well as Eureka (except for those of us who are friends with anyone else). Don’t forget to support your local drag queens and go to those shows… you know you’ll be missing out otherwise.

New Year – New Group… of All Stars That Is

Happy New Year and thank you for being so forgiving for the long absence.  It’s been quite the journey and there have been so many things going on.  But Drag Queens Galore wouldn’t be the same without some comments about all that’s going on in Drag both on and off the air.

The Boulet Brother's Dragula Season 2Of course, there’s the second season of The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula finale.  The wonderful monsters of the club set out on their second season (this time with a bigger budget and some TV folks backing them).  This meant the sound issues of the first season were no longer around and the prize money was not crowd funded.  But The Boulet Brothers ensured they pushed the envelope on those elimination changes and the entire season has been one exciting surprise after another.  Stunning and gross (in the best way possible) is the best way to describe this season’s queens and the show.

The third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is coming.  With the cast RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3 Bannerreveal we had some more controversy.  A lot of those, “who cares about season 2” talkers were just coming out of the woodwork when Morgan McMichaels was cast.  On a personal note, having interviewed and spoken with Morgan on several occasions, it’s no wonder they’ve asked her back, that queen has been busy.   Whatever the outcome, it will be good to see another addition to the Drag Race vault.

But this year is showing promise that we didn’t see in 2017.  Was it everyone that had a tough 2017?  The election of so many LGBT political leaders shows promise that felt somehow lost in 2016 with 45’s bizarre election.  Let’s make sure we don’t get complacent with the minor success and run them over with our ability to love and work together.

Drag Queens Galore wishes you all a successful 2018 and look forward to providing you with some fantastic content.  Hey, don’t forget to follow us on social media…. all of them…  Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and of course subscribe to our newsletter so you never miss anything we have to say!

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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