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!

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.

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 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?

 

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? 

Fear And Loathing In The Gay Club

Drag Queens Galore has been called the “nice ones” in the social media, blog, website, whatever else we’ve been called world. We’ve been pretty laid back when it comes to throwing shade at drag queens out of respect for the performers and their art.

There has been a lot said, a lot of opinion about “doing something” for the community during this trying time.  Complacency is definitely never the answer.  The silence of those who have claimed to be allies has definitely resonated.  But the loud shrill of pain is what is heard most.

Pain that the LGBT community has experienced for so long it had almost become white noise.  Pick on Mark, Rick or Steve because they’re gay and gay isn’t the way to be, “it’s not normal.”  Go after their jobs because they shouldn’t be able to work anywhere where they might let their perverted ways out on impressionable and innocent people.  Don’t let them marry because that will eventually lead to pedophilia and beastiality.

Somehow, all these things were ok.  Is it because they didn’t have an actual gun with bullets flying throughout the club?  Is it because there were no names or faces to the countless who were suffering with their own sexuality?  Is it because when you deny people their basic human rights you’re not “hurting anyone”?

Whatever the reason, the LGBT community was being hit with bullets of social inequality for decades and beyond, it’s only this week that someone came after a big enough group of people to be newsworthy.   We should not be victimized.  We should not feel sorry for ourselves.  We should not attack each other for mourning and processing our own ways.  We MUST come together, we MUST build each other up, and we MUST stop playing into the idea that we have to make everyone understand us.

They won’t understand us, we hardly understand ourselves.  I’m not just talking about the LGBT community, I’m talking about human beings.  We’re all made differently, we only know what we learn and we all learn those things differently.  So understanding each other is impossible.  But being kind, being patient and being diligent will be what makes us unstoppable.

Hate is never the answer, but anger is definitely an emotion that creates action.  Just be sure your action affects society in the most positive way you can think of.  Do not fall into the games being played by the media.  We are people first and gay second.  It’s no one’s business who we chose to date, sleep with, marry, etc.  But it is everyone’s business that we are treated like humans.  So let’s “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi