Drag Queens Galore is devoted to the art of drag. We love all drag, we focus mostly on drag queens, but do cover bio queens and drag kings. Our goal is to gain more exposure for those who have not made it on a show that focuses on 14 queens a year.
We had a great time, but that’s a wrap on the 2018 Los Angeles version of RuPaul’s Drag Con.
“In this time of chaos and lies, for three days tens of thousands of big-hearted, super-creative, and sensitive souls peacefully gathered to celebrate their truth at RuPaul’s DragCon. Seeing all the young people and families and queens has filled my heart with gratitude and hope. The future is going to be fierce.” -RuPaul
We couldn’t have said it better. The protesters outside of the event couldn’t touch all the love, excitement, and sense of community the event generated.
Take a look at some of the favorite moments of the event below:
Ru Paul s Drag Con Ribbon Cutting
Sharon Needles DragCon
Jinkx Monsoon DragCon
Alaska Billy Eichner Glam Up the Midterms Dragcon
Alaska Sharon Needles Jinkx Monsoon Trixie Mattel Be Be Zahara Benet Dragcon
Homophilia Dusty Ray Bottoms Dragcon
Emmy Award winner RuPaul and World of Wonder (“RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Million Dollar Listing,” “Out Of Iraq”) hosted more than 50,000 attendees during the fourth annual “RuPaul’s DragCon LA” at the Los Angeles Convention Center this past weekend. The massively successful convention, which welcomed the largest ever gathering of the world’s top Drag Queens in one place, has experienced explosive growth since its debut in 2015 – increasing total attendance by 500% in just four years.
Created by RuPaul and World of Wonder Productions, RuPaul’s DragCon is a family-friendly event welcoming attendees – of all ages and background – to kiki with all of their favorite drag queens and stars in a creative, friendly and accessible environment. The three-day event included extensively curated panels and live runway performances, talent signings, more than 30 Instagrammable moments on the floor, including the actual Werkroom from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and over 350 exhibitor booths offering attendees some of the most sickening shopping around.
“In this time of chaos and lies, for three days tens of thousands of big-hearted, super-creative, and sensitive souls peacefully gathered to celebrate their truth at RuPaul’s DragCon,” says RuPaul. “Seeing all the young people and families and queens has filled my heart with gratitude and hope. The future is going to be fierce.”
“The overwhelming success of this year’s DragCon is a testament to the talent and creative vision of the hundreds of drag artists who attended the convention,” says World of Wonder co-founder Randy Barbato. “Drag has become a cultural force that is here to stay.”
“As we wrap up another DragCon on Mother’s Day, it is especially exciting to see all the families that come to share the experience,” says World of Wonder co-founder Fenton Bailey. “DragCon is about life, love, laughter and inclusion. It’s about tearing down walls, not building them.”
RuPaul’s Drag Con is the uniting of queens from around the world to celebrate diversity, art, shade, and cuntiness! This is the fourth year running for the event and as has been true for the past years’ events, this one promises to be the best yet!
It’s like ChristmaHanaQwanzakah and the drag world is a flutter. And guess who’s going to be there this year?! ….. RuPaul!!! Oh yeah and Drag Queens Galore – I mean us, not the literal version, although, both are true… double entendre!
But we’re heading to the convention of the drags, the Los Angeles version. And we’d like to see who among you are going too. We’d also like to see who is paying attention to what we’re pushing out these days, so we’d like to run a bit of a raffle.
Our friends at DRAGS have just sent over a copy of their book and instead of keeping it like the greedy parts of us want to, we’re going to give it to one of you who shares this on social media outlets and then sends us some comments letting us see you “raise your hand”.
Alright, galoreans… do your stuff. We’ll see you at the CON!
DRAGS is a photo series documenting drag queens and drag kings from New York City, shot by photographer Gregory Kramer. Presented in the style of classic fashion portraiture, the collection features legends – and up-and-coming legends – in glamorous black and white, full-length studio portraits. The Ali Forney Center, a New York-based not-for-profit, will be the recipient of Mr. Kramers’s profits from sales of the book.
Billy Eichner x Glam Up the Midterms: panel with Alaska 5000 and Peppermint, activations on the floor
On Saturday, May 12th, comedian and actor Billy Eichner will be joined by drag queen superstars Alaska 5000 and Peppermint for a panel in conjunction with the “Glam Up The Midterms” campaign, a program launched by Eichner and Funny or Die earlier this year dedicated to energizing young people to vote during the November 2018 midterm elections. In addition, HeadCount will have a voter registration booth on site at the convention throughout the weekend.
Billy Eichner x DragCon Panel Description:
BILLY EICHNER WANTS YOU…TO GLAM UP THE MIDTERMS! Billy Eichner, Alaska, and Peppermint join forces to bring you all the T you need for the 2018 midterm elections. This is the most important event of the year, so don’t f%ck it up! Because voting is whaaaaat?!? FUNDAMENTAL!
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.
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.
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.
Of 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 reveal 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!
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.
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.
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