#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.

 

Dragged To Protest

This week marked a change in the landscape of America.  With the newly elected President inaugurated, the eyes of the world and especially the nation were glued to the TV and social media for a glimpse of the change of hands in the U.S. First Family.

The drag world was all a flutter about the election this past November, mostly cries of why, what now, and fear of the unknown.  Would this new President really repeal all the progress made by the previous administration?  Where does that leave the LGBTQ community?

As this week progressed, the countdown to the change of arms brought forth what no one thought possible. Donald Trump and Mke Pence were being sworn in as President and Vice-President of the United States of America.  Although, the states being possibly more divided than ever in modern history, calling them “United” is about as normal as calling Trump and Pence, “Mr. President,” and “Mr. Vice-President.”  But it’s the reality show we’re all in now, but not everyone was willing to take that sitting down.

Saturday marked the coming together of an estimated million women all over the world and especially the United States for the “Women’s March on Washington”.  The outpouring of support from around the country and the world by those who couldn’t go to Washington D.C. was displayed in local marches.  Countries as far as Australia, Cambodia, France, and England joined cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and New York as the Women’s March conveyed its message of gender equality, fair pay, anti-harassment, hope, love, strength, and LGBTQ rights.

Several drag queens were at local events; Drag Queens Galore drag friends, Saint Peter D’Vil and Monistat went to the Los Angeles March, out of drag.  While Pandora Boxx, Manila Luzon, and Willam Belli were in full drag spreading the message that every person deserves to be heard.  And what’s louder than our beloved drag queens?

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And of course, who could miss Courtney Act providing correspondence from both the inauguration and the march in Washington D.C. proving you don’t have to be “Born in the U.S.A.” to care what’s going on in this country.  Catch Courtney’s coverage (if she reads this, yes, you can take that one too Courtney) of the inauguration and march.

In addition, there were a lot of drag queens posting support of the marches, with messages like that from Raven; “Keep those tiny hands off my … ” and placing the ever important: “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” sign on her Facebook profile.  Drag Queens made it known they were in full support of what it meant to march on Saturday.

For anyone who says “Drag Queens are making fun of women,” they got a huge dose of “shut it” in the form of support of women and women’s rights.  Drag Queens have differing opinions of what it means to do drag, because they’ve all started for different reasons and do different styles of drag.  But one thing they can agree on, it’s important to stand up for the rights of everyone.

Drag Queens have been at the forefront of every major LGBTQ movement and women have been at the forefront of every LGBTQ movement.  It’s no wonder the two go together so naturally.  It’s everyone’s responsibility to stand up for what’s right and working together has always accomplished so much more.   While this weekend didn’t completely repair all the damage this election has caused, it has started the movement.

The next time you think about trashing those queens who put themselves up on a stage to entertain you, you think about what you’ve done to progress the movement of equality first.  Then you remember, these queens have stepped in front of the line, on the stage, and used their talents to speak up for those of you who can’t get out there.  Who can only participate via social media or the TV.  Talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words.

Thank you Courtney, Manila, Pandora, Willam, Saint Peter, Monistat, Raven and all the queens who speak up, get out there, use their platform to right the wrongs.  And thank you to all those queens at Stonewall, Pride Festivals around the world, and those who use their stage to spread love, unity, and equality.

Share with us your experiences with the march and send us your messages of hope for the future.  Comment, LIke,

Happy New Year!!!

Well, have you broken your resolution yet?  Not to set you up for that, hopefully, you’re on the right track and you’ve resolved to be more fabulous than last year.  Or you’re the type that doesn’t make resolutions because you’re too cool for that.  Whatever the case, hope your year is going well so far.

Drag Queens Galore has never been the “mean site” it’s just not something I’ve ever wanted to do.  To be called the “nice ones” in the drag blog/website world (because there are millions of us) has been one of my favorite things.  That being said, I’d like to encourage you, the reader (yes, all 2 of you who made it this far) to step up to the challenge Drag Queens Galore has for you this year.

Think of the times when adversaries were most successful working together.  My most memorable and probably the most popular television moment for Drag was on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 when Coco Montrese picked Alyssa Edwards to be on her team.  At the time, Coco and Alyssa still had their beef from the pageant world that has since been squashed, but no one thought Coco would pick her “enemy”.  Coco admitted Alyssa is a great dancer and this was a dancing challenge.

The easy thing is to throw shade and talk about “back rolls”, but Coco thought about what she was doing there and wanted to win.  She knew, Alyssa was THE dancer.  She’s a teacher, she’s fierce, and they won.  When she stopped letting her ego make the decisions, she let the win in.

These were people who ACTUALLY knew each other and had ACTUALLY wronged each other in some way.  They were friends who had a fight.  IN REAL LIFE.  If people who know each other and hurt each other can get past the pettiness and work together to win, I think that’s within all of us to support these people who bring us entertainment.

By the way shady ladies, they’re on to you.  When you throw shade just for a response, they know.  It’s not something new, it’s not something they’re riveted by, they’re smart.  They talk with each other IN REAL LIFE and “mute” you, ignore you, avoid you.  It’s not the way in.  If you want to get a response or get heard by a drag queen, talk to them like they’re human.  Because they are human.  They’re real flesh and blood, they cry when they lose people they love, they laugh when people say something funny, and most of all they work hard to provide the entertainment they do.  It’s a fun job, but it’s a job.  They’re working.

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I propose to you this, let’s look at some drag this year and find 3 good things about it before we throw shade at the queen.  Then, when you’re thinking of commenting the easy read, say those 3 things instead.  That’s right, I called it the easy read.  When you can find stuff wrong with someone’s drag, you’re doing the easy part.  When you can find art in the work that’s been put in and the courage to share that art, you’re doing it right.

Whether you’re doing a new year new you thing, or just going about your life like nothing has changed, keep looking out for each other.  Think of yourself in someone else’s shoes.  As many things as you’ve got going on in your life, there’s probably someone going through that and maybe more that you’re interacting with.

If you’re up for the challenge, tag @dragqueensgalore on Instagram when you say some nice stuff and perhaps you’ll get a little shout out over here.  I have no idea what’s to come of this year, but let’s do our best to make it better than last year.  Thanks for reading this, share it with your friends.  And comment below with your new year’s resolution.