Performance duo DarkMatter on being LOL killjoys and drag as politics. (SL Guernica Mag). A great interview with trans South Asian performance artists Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian, aka DarkMatter. DarkMatter's performances include It Gets Bougie, The Story They Never Told Us, White Fetish, Padma & Parvati Patil, and When Brown Looks in the Mirror and Comes Out White (all YT links). “I hear white men have huge—” “—Empires” [more inside]
The Magnum ice cream company has launched the Be True To Your Pleasure campaign, featuring gender-nonconforming individuals (referred to in marketing materials as "drag queens") as glamorous spokesmodels. [more inside]
Beautiful by Night is a short documentary by James Hosking about veteran drag queens in San Francisco. [more inside]
Queens vs. the Machine - a look at nearly two centuries of drag culture in San Francisco and how it survives in today's tech economy.
Chad Sell is a comic artist and creator of the inept superhero Manta-Man and the no-nonsense Part-Time Ninja (among others) as well as a prolific illustrator of the queens of RuPaul's Drag Race.
Drag queen Sharon Needles, winner of RuPaul's Drag Race, has lately been facing a lot of criticism for their transgressive act: "Eli Kuti, a bartender at Lawrenceville's Blue Moon, where Needles often performs, recalls one performance in which Needles and another drag queen donned one-piece bathing suits emblazoned with swastikas. The two 'were hailing Hitler' and calling crowd members racial epithets, Kuti says." [more inside]
GOOGLE RUPAUL. Drag superstar RuPaul (whose reality show "RuPaul's Drag Race" returns later this month) has enjoyed piles of free publicity thanks to name association with presidential canditate Ron Paul (NY Times). [more inside]
Dorian Corey was the articulate elder stateswoman of the New York City ball scene featured in the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning. When she died in 1993, police found the body of a murdered man 15 years mummified in her apartment. [more inside]
Thirty years of community fundraising, flawless makeup, genderbending, and hysterically offensive names: the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are celebrating their 30th anniversary in San Francisco this weekend with parties, library exhibits, an art show, and their usual over-the-top Easter celebration. [more inside]
Pickle Surprise! (youtube)
Are you ready for The Galaxy Girls -- the world's first group weblog written by drag queens? I count nine girls participating so far, and more are on the way. Diamonds, Vicodin, Strom Thurmond -- whatever it takes to get ready for the next show!