Drag Culture and How To Get Gay Famous
Ever since I was in my early 20s and started going to gay bars I realized there were some gay people who were, indeed, “gay famous.” In New Hope, PA, where there used to be several gay clubs before the straights gentrified it, there was one drag performer, in particular, we all called “Mother.” Of course, there were others. One was named Monica Ray and they did Marilyn Monroe in drag. But “Mother” was THE most gay famous in New Hope for many years. Here’s a photo of Mother.
I’m linking to an article here that goes into more detail about how to become gay famous, and what that means on a small local level. I can tell you that everything about this article is spot-on accurate. And in gay communities like New Hope or Palm Springs it’s a big thing.
While gay fame is not limited to drag, drag is a powerful example of this phenomenon. Ask a queer barfly or nightlife connoisseur about the first time they saw an amazing drag performance.
Here’s the rest. It’s an excellent example of a huge part of gay culture and even gay history in some cases. I find that so many straight people don’t know or understand anything about drag culture.