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Requiem for a Drag Queen

Requiem for a Drag Queen

  • by Michael Yamashita | NewsIsOut.com
  • May 12, 2023

The New York Times obituary for Barry Humphries extolled the life and career of a beloved actor of stage, screen, and television. You could be forgiven if you didn't recognize his name, but surely not if you did not recognize his alter ego.

Oaklash is Back: festival of drag and queer performance returns

Oaklash is Back: festival of drag and queer performance returns

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • May 9, 2023

Founded in 2018 by Mama Celeste and Beatrix LaHaine, Oaklash is a celebration of drag and queer culture that takes place primarily in Oakland. But it's more than just a drag show.

News Briefs: MORE!, Roma to headline benefit for mental health

News Briefs: MORE!, Roma to headline benefit for mental health

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • May 3, 2023

Drag artists Juanita MORE! and Sister Roma will co-host "Truth in Pink," a benefit for Queer LifeSpace that takes place Saturday, May 20, from noon to 6:30 p.m. at The Terrace at 620 Jones Street in San Francisco.

Plans for expanded Heklina memorial unveiled

Plans for expanded Heklina memorial unveiled

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Apr 28, 2023

Due to overwhelming demand, organizers of the upcoming memorial for drag icon Heklina have announced that San Francisco's Castro Street will be closed Tuesday, May 23, and the service projected onto screens outside so that more people can watch it.

Craig Seligman's astonishing 'Who Does That Bitch Think She Is? Doris Fish and the Rise of Drag'

Craig Seligman's astonishing 'Who Does That Bitch Think She Is? Doris Fish and the Rise of Drag'

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Apr 18, 2023

Doris Fish was everywhere in the 1980s. It seemed if she didn't exist someone would have had to invent her. Craig Seligman's "Who Does That Bitch Think She Is? Doris Fish and the Rise of Drag" reminds us that someone did. That someone was Philip Mills.

Fenton Bailey's 'ScreenAge' - World of Wonder producer's pop culture inspirations in new book

Fenton Bailey's 'ScreenAge' - World of Wonder producer's pop culture inspirations in new book

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Apr 18, 2023

Fenton Bailey's 'ScreenAge: How TV Shaped Our Reality From Tammy Faye to RuPaul's Drag Race' consists of three interweaving sections: personal memoir, the role of television in our lives, and the impact of queer pop culture.

Heklina to be inducted on LGBTQ Wall of Honor

Heklina to be inducted on LGBTQ Wall of Honor

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Apr 11, 2023

The late drag artist Heklina will be inducted onto the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor at the Stonewall Inn in New York City in June, according to Nicole Murray Ramirez, a Latino drag queen and community leader.

Foul play not suspected in Heklina's death

Foul play not suspected in Heklina's death

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Apr 7, 2023

Drag star Heklina apparently did not die of assault or foul play, according to a post mortem conducted by London officials, her good friend Peaches Christ wrote on Facebook April 6.

The revolution, as always, will be led by drag queens

The revolution, as always, will be led by drag queens

  • by Michael Yamashita | NewsIsOut.com
  • Apr 6, 2023

At the root of revolution is revolt—a revolt against oppressive power. Once again in our history, we must rise up against a deranged right-wing front that is harnessing political and social power to legislate and discriminate LGBTQ+ people out of existenc

Celebrate Easter with the Sisters

Celebrate Easter with the Sisters

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 4, 2023

The beloved Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will return with their annual tradition of celebrating Easter in Dolores Park on April 9. This year's party marks the 44th anniversary since the Sisters first came into being.

Drag artist Stefan Grygelko, aka Heklina, dies

Drag artist Stefan Grygelko, aka Heklina, dies

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Apr 3, 2023

Stefan Grygelko, better known as her drag persona Heklina, has died, her longtime friend Joshua Grannell (Peaches Christ) wrote on Facebook April 3.

Sasha Velour's 'Big Reveal' - drag artist brings new show to Palace of Fine Arts

Sasha Velour's 'Big Reveal' - drag artist brings new show to Palace of Fine Arts

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 28, 2023

Drag artist Sasha Velour takes to the stage of the Palace of Fine Arts Theater on April 6 with a new show that's also a celebration of the publication of "The Big Reveal: An Illustrated Manifesto of Drag," her first book.

LGBTQ Agenda: DeSantis administration seeks to revoke hotel's liquor license after it labels drag show a 'public nuisance'

LGBTQ Agenda: DeSantis administration seeks to revoke hotel's liquor license after it labels drag show a 'public nuisance'

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Mar 21, 2023

The administration of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is trying to revoke the liquor license of a Miami hotel for supplying the concessions for a Christmas drag show where the state claims minors were present.

New SF royalty crowned

New SF royalty crowned

  • by BAR staff
  • Feb 28, 2023

A new empress and emperor for the San Francisco Imperial Council were crowned last weekend during Coronation 58.