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Part 6: Parody, Realness, and Tales from the First Drag Con

Drag Con’s one overtly religious session was the Sunday service, which began at 11:30 and was led by Christ Chapel of the Valley featuring the Selah Gospel Choir.  It was still going strong when I left “Women Who Love Drag” so I decided to poke my head in.  “Can I Get An Amen?” was sparsely attended and seemed that much more bleak for being held in the largest session hall.  Though the amplified gospel music was a siren call for the curious, passersby paused only momentarily in the open doorways and then wandered off.  That Paris is Burning (Saturday 3pm) and the Sunday service wer

Part 4: Parody, Realness, and Tales from the First Drag Con

Late Saturday afternoon found me bleary eyed and dumbly stumbling upon a photo opportunity with RuPaul (out of drag).  The professionally photographed event was not cheap but I figured, anything for Ru-search, right?

Part 1: Parody, Realness, and Tales From the First Drag Con

Earlier this month Rupaul’s Drag Con descended upon the Los Angeles Convention Center for the “first drag convention in herstory.”  As a dedicated dress scholar and fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, I honored my intellectual responsibilities and purchased a $50 pass for the two day event, held May 16th and 17th.  I planned to engage in serious “deep hanging out” and visit the booths, meet the queens, talk with fans, and attend panels, which had names like “Face, Face, Face: How to Beat That Mug to Perfection.”  As this is the first known drag convention, I wasn’t sur

#HelloKittyGirl

Only days after posting my museum exhibition review of Hello!  Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, everyone’s favorite poor little rich kitty appeared on episode 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, season 7.  “Hello Kitty Girls!” includes not only a guest appearance by Hello Kitty but also loads of products for contestants to re-work in creating their Runway Eleganza looks.  Before announcing the show’s special guest, Mother Ru advises:

Sissy that Snatch Game

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Searching for Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent

Season 7 of Rupaul’s Drag Race has returned.  More than simply another reality show, Drag Race belongs to a longstanding drag tradition in which participants compete for titles.

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