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gene saint legendary brisbvane drag queen

Smiling postie by day, legendary Brisbane drag queen by night, Gene Saint lived a long full life. The elder of Brisbane’s Rainbow community passed away peacefully last week aged almost 93. I met Gene in the early 70s at one of Dame Sybil Von Thorndyke’s annual Queen’s Birthday Balls. I thereafter received invitations to his …

Kamp Kult secret history same-sex marriage 1930s

Just days before Christmas 1931, the Arrow newspaper regaled its readers with the story of Sydney’s Kamp Kult.  The paper marvelled at lavish ceremonies including the coronation of a Queen and same-sex weddings. At the time, Sydney suffered in the throes of the Great Depression. Men struggled to find employment and riots broke out over …

henny spaghetti

Meet Henny Spaghetti, the hilarious show-stopping drag queen whose performances have been leaving Brisbane’s wigs snatched.  Henny first performed for audiences back in 2018 after spending a year refining her look and persona. She said in the beginning of her transition into drag, she would watch YouTube tutorials to help her polish her looks. Then, …

#IStandWithQueens drag queens religious extremists

There’s currently a lot of vilification aimed at drag queens. Religious extremists sense an opportunity to advance their crusade against LGBTIQ people by demonising queens. But I/we… #IStandWithQueens. Drag queens are not perfect. But let’s not allow the delusion of religious extremists to define what’s acceptable. Extremists tell us with feigned humility that “we all …

drag queens

Destiny Rogers recalls a misspent youth in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. In the mid-1970s, she met some of Brisbane’s most exotic creatures — the drag queens of Fortitude Valley. About quarter past ten every Saturday night, the jeering and catcalling began. It only ever lasted about five minutes. Generally busy reading a book, I never took …

cadaver in the closet

Season Two of the magnificent POSE television series features the ‘cadaver in the closet’ episode. In the series, based on the 80s New York Ballroom scene, one of the stars of Ballroom, Elektra, needs to dispose of a body. While working as a BDSM mistress, one of her clients asks her to leave him alone …

corrupting christmas tradition etcetera etcetera

Kirralie Smith, spokesperson for Binary which “exists to challenge the aggressive agenda to de-gender our society” this week complained about “another example of corrupting Christmas.” Smith’s complaint centred on Sydney performer Etcetera Etcetera who this December continues the age-old Christmas tradition of performing in drag to bring fun and cheer to the festive season. Smith …

The first trailer for the inaugural season of the Thailand spinoff of RuPaul’s Drag Race has been released. Drag Race Thailand will be hosted by Thai stylist and designer Art Arya, who will be filling drag superstar RuPaul’s stilettos in the spinoff. Bangkok drag queen Pangina Heals (pictured below) will co-host. The show’s format will …

Conchita Wurst is returning to Australia next month to be an ambassador of Adelaide’s upcoming Feast Festival and take part in a drag world record attempt. As the festival opens on November 15, the bearded Eurovision 2014 champ will give her first Australian performance at The Art of Drag: A Night with Conchita, where drag …