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How to Rob a Bank in Drag: A True Story of Odd LGBT Issues
April 14th, 2019
"Mistresses of Disguise Guilty in Bank Heists" It just keeps getting weirder. In a true story, the author writes of a brutal childhood interrupted by occasional spurts of Disneyland and ponies. After a fumbled ax attack by her mother, she takes to the streets at 14 years old. She is prey looking for a predator. Predators she finds, as well as the unlikeliest of heroes. There is no "road less traveled." There is no road. She makes her way through back alleys dark and mesmerizing. Occasionally brutal, occasionally flat out funny. Finally old enough to legally exist, she builds a resume. Waitress. Camel Handler. Heroin Addict. Bank Robber. Federal Penitentiary Inmate. Mannequin Refinisher. Waitress again. In the end Dogaholic and Digital Artist with a terminal illness. Most of her partners have died. Doctors say she will join them. Soon. Maybe on the way home from the doctor's office. She rids her life of everything not precious and ends up surrounded by abandoned old dogs, a cat with PTSD, a very few rock-solid friendships, and some odd decorating ideas.
Andy Warhol Drag and Draw: The Unknown Fifties
September 15th, 2018
ISBN 3777429775 (ISBN13: 9783777429779)
Andy Warhol’s oeuvre during the first decade of his career, before he became the godfather of pop, proved to be enormously influential on his life’s work, yet remains little known. Drag & Draw highlights two series of drawings from this decade, when Warhol first began to explore the controversial and for him deeply personal subject of drag. In the first of these series, Warhol drew an ensemble of spirited women derived from photographs of both stage divas and men in drag.
Danny La Rue from Drags to Riches: My Autobiography
October 29th, 1987
ISBN 0670815578 (ISBN13: 9780670815579
Million Hugs, the Official Drag Handbook 2011
February 3rd, 2011
ISBN 1257007955 (ISBN13: 9781257007950)
The largest reference handbook on female impersonation (performers) in GLBT History. 2,600 performers invited, 21,000 comments printed out to over 100 questions from across the country. Almost 200,000 words were shared, from shopping, behavior, performing, getting hired, music, promotions, security, costumes, relationships, pageants, wigs, makeup...Writer Todd Kachinski-Kottmeier, Best Selling Author Of BecHavn Publishing's Two Day's Past Dead, has tackled the first step of understanding this art form. Each year the handbook will update and focus on areas, as discussed by hundreds of Contributing Writers (Performers) in the United States. Keep the receipt for this book to obtain the Hall Of Fame Ballot located at MillionHugs.com The release of the book involved 54 major show bars throwing a National Celebration, with over 2500 female impersonators.
Drag: A History of Female Impersonation in the Performing Arts
January 1st, 1995
ISBN 0814712533 (ISBN13: 9780814712535)
Men have been dressing as women on stage for hundreds of years, dating back to the thirteenth century when the Church forbade the appearance of female actors but condoned that of men and boys disguised as the opposite sex. Forms of travestism can be traced back to the dawn of theatre and are found in all corners of the world, notably in China and Japan. In recent years, of course, drag has witnessed a dramatic and widespread revival. Newsday recently observed, People are talking about all those fabulous heterosexual film idols who now can't seem to wait to get tarted up in drag and do their screen bits as fishnet queens.
October 23rd, 2018
ISBN 0062863002 (ISBN13: 9780062863003)
As someone who has deconstructed life’s hilarious façade, RuPaul has broken "the fourth wall" to expand on the concept of mind, body, and spirit. This unique perspective has allowed RuPaul to break the shackles of self-imposed limitations, but reader beware, this is a daily practice that requires diligence and touchstones to keep you walking in the sunshine of the spirit. Once you’re willing to look beyond the identity that was given to you, a hidden world of possibilities will open its doors. Throughout the history of humans on this planet, there’ve always been shaman, seers, and mediums who are able to interpret both high and low frequencies and remind humans to look beyond the surface for the truth of who we really are. And who we really are is an extension of the power that created the universe (aka: God in drag).
RuPaul's Drag Race: Paper Doll Book
September 26th, 2017
ISBN 1681881810 (ISBN13: 9781681881812)
Includes 10 illustrated punch-out paper dolls of the winning contestants from the first 8 seasons, including the winners from the first 8 seasons of the Emmy® Nominated RuPaul's Drag Race, and the winners of the first 2 seasons of Drag Race All Stars.
Wildflower: The Dramatic Life of Barbette -- Round Rock's First and Greatest Drag Queen
April 22nd, 2014
ISBN 1494839598 (ISBN13: 9781494839598)
Long before Ru Paul eyed his first pair of six inch stilettos or Boy George donned his colorful caftan, a handsome young man from the small town of Round Rock, Texas barnstormed the stages of Europe’s most lavish theaters and night clubs as Barbette, a beautiful aerialist drag queen who became a scandalous sensation throughout the Roaring Twenties. Performing his erotic, high wire and trapeze routine in lavish, feminine regalia, Barbette shocked audiences by revealing the true nature of his gender at the very end of his act.
Drag Queen for a Day
January 22nd, 2017
ISBN 1542463815 (ISBN13: 9781542463812)
Drag Queen for a Day features outrageous portraits of drag queen portraits from 2003-2013 at the "Red Dress" annual fund-raiser at the Gold Coast Bar in West Hollywood, California. It began as a tribute to Mark Ferguson, a bartender who passed away from AIDS. The affair has become an annual West Hollywood event.
My Life as Me
October 28th, 2002
ISBN 0670888346 (ISBN13: 9780670888344)
Sex, Drag, and Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance
October 4th, 2010
ISBN 0472051024 (ISBN13: 9780472051021)
Why would women want to perform as men? Why is gender crossing so compelling, whether it happens onstage or in everyday life? What can drag performance teach, and what aesthetic, political, and personal questions does it raise? Performance artist Diane Torr has been experimenting with the performance of gender for thirty years---exploring everything from feminist go-go dancing to masculine power play. One of the key pioneers of "drag king" performance, Torr has been celebrated internationally for her gender transformation workshops, in which she has taught hundreds of ordinary women how to pass as men on city streets around the world.
The Art Of Drag Kinging
ISBN 1932852751 (ISBN13: 9781932852752)
Hiding My Candy
August 1st, 1996
ISBN 0671520954 (ISBN13: 9780671520953)
After leaping off the pages with the unforgettable debut in John Berendt's bestselling Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the unabashed personality known as The Lady Chablis now brings her irresistible charisma to the remarkable odyssey of fabulousness that USA Today calls "sassy" and "provocative...." Born Benjamin Edward Knox in Quincy, Florida, "The Doll" always knew she was different. At a Tallahassee club, in her teens, she found the drag mother who would set her on the path to stardom. Before long, The Lady Chablis had a headline drag act replete with trademark saucy wit, down-home wisdom, and, of course, breasts. The rest is "Miss Thang" history...
The Queen & the Homo Jock King
February 29th, 2016
ISBN 1634768027 (ISBN13: 9781634768023)
Sanford Stewart sure doesn't. In fact, he pretty much believes in the exact opposite, thanks to the Homo Jock King. It seems Darren Mayne lives for nothing more than to create chaos in Sandy’s perfectly ordered life, just for the hell of it. Sandy despises him, and nothing will ever change his mind. Or so he tells himself. It's not until the owner of Jack It—the club where Sandy performs as drag queen Helena Handbasket—comes to him with a desperate proposition that Sandy realizes he might have to put his feelings about Darren aside. Because Jack It will close unless someone can convince Andrew Taylor, the mayor of Tucson, to keep it open. Someone like Darren, the mayor’s illegitimate son. The foolproof plan is this: seduce Darren and push him to convince his father to renew Jack It’s contract with the city.
May 18th, 2014
RuPaul's Drag Race Season Six is the most recent season and writer Brian Michael Peterson sets off with essays on the contestants of this reality TV drag queen competition with pulled quotes from his interviews - that were featured on Frontiers Magazine. Including photographs from the premiere party in Los Angeles by Mike McAfoose of Urban Focus Photography. Grab this edition for the words and the photographs. Also available as a paperback on Amazon.
Drag Kings & Queens
The Drag Queen's Cookbook & Guide to Sensible Living
September 1st, 1997
ISBN 096531457X (ISBN13: 9780965314572)
Martha Stewart meets RuPaul! The Drag Queen's Cookbook is the first and only indispensable Drag Queen etiquette, lifestyle tips, fab recipes and the verities of upscale entertaining, drag style. Hilarious, but very informative, this book features dozens of gorgeous color photographs and Honey van Campe's witty and ascerbic observations on culture, high and low.
From Drags to Riches
July 25th, 2002
ISBN 1560233850 (ISBN13: 9781560233855)
Learn how Charles Pierce achieved stardom and became one of the most famous female impersonators of all time! Charles Pierce (1926--1999) was an internationally known and highly successful female impersonator, known for his vivid portrayals of Bette Davis, Katherine Hepburn, and Mae West. This book offers a candid look at a career that spanned over fifty years--from his humble start at the Pasadena Playhouse, to his sold-out shows in San Francisco. From Drags to Riches provides a rich and colorful history of Charles Pierce. In this insightful and moving volume, Pierce's friend John Wallraff offers valuable insights about the little-known man behind the makeup and captures the essence of what drag stardom is really like.
Druid in Drag (Fiction)
December 2nd, 2012
Ren Coulter is used to working alone. As a special agent in the Paranormal Operations Unit of the border patrol, his mission is to infiltrate the compound of a reputed drug lord named Mendoza and learn the source of a dangerous and addictive new drug. He decides to go undercover in drag, disguised as a glamorous young woman in the hopes of catching Mendoza’s notorious roving eye. Yet even before Ren meets the drug lord, he encounters Darzul, one of Mendoza’s striking bodyguards. Despite his lone-wolf habits, Ren sees advantages in working together with the man. Darzul Onaygan has been sent from his home-world of Arzula to blend in with the earthlings and help them fight off the evil alien invaders. Bisexual as most Arzulans are, many even able to switch gender at will, he finds Ren attractive in both his guises
Nan Goldin: The Other Side 1972-1992
January 1st, 1993
ISBN 3908247349 (ISBN13: 9783908247340)
Nan Goldin's seminal second book The Other Side is finally back in print. Ever since the early 1970s Goldin has lived with and among drag queens, documenting both their glamour and their struggles. The Other Side is her very personal declaration of love and gratitude to these drag queens, who showed her a way out of the captivity of pre-packaged, socially prescribed identity. As she put it: "The pictures in this book are not of people suffering gender dysphoria but rather expressing gender euphoria....
Dungeons and Drag Queens: Fire Island through the eyes of its worst drag queen
March 1st, 2019
In his second collection of humorous essays, comedian, Greg Scarnici recounts some of his shocking and scandalous experiences over twenty-five seasons on New York’s Fire Island. From tea dances in Fire Island Pines to drag competitions in Cherry Grove, Scarnici paints a picture of what a typical summer on the island of misfit boys is like. Highlights include being crowned the Worst Drag Queen in Cherry Grove, getting innocently lured to a "sex dungeon" that was actually a 3X4 garden shed, and riding the ferry as his alter ego, Levonia Jenkins, every Fourth of July with two hundred other drag queens during the annual Invasion of The Pines. Along the way, Scarnici weaves in some of the history of Cherry Grove and introduces some of its most colorful characters.
How to Be A Drag Queen: A guidebook for female drag queens and emerging drag artists
April 21st, 2019
ISBN 1091396620 (ISBN13: 9781091396623)
Drag Queen Dino Fighters
May 1st, 2017
ISBN 1621052443 (ISBN13: 9781621052449)
From the author of Dungeons & Drag Queens comes a fierce bizarro tale of dinosaur-riding realness. Ivanna Deflower's chance at drag superstardom passed her by long ago. She has resigned herself to a normal life raising her son with her ex-wife while occasionally hosting Sunday morning drag queen bingo. And she's fine with that. She really is. Until her life is turned upside down by the one thing that's guaranteed to give a past-her-prime drag queen another shot at the big time: a baby triceratops that can out-dance even the youngest and most sickening divas in Los Angeles.But the climb to the top isn't going to be easy. Not only does she have to contend with her shade-throwing former friends, there's a certain big game-hunting drag king with a vendetta and access to cybernetic technology. And what about all those bright lights in the sky and the shaking ground?
Pocketbook of Drag Queens
June 27th, 2008
Photographs by Ellen Wallenstein - Photographs of waitresses, bartenders and performers at Lucky Cheng's restaurant, in New York City's East Village, 1996 - 2001.
Workin' It! Rupaul's Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style
February 15th, 2010
ISBN 006198583X (ISBN13: 9780061985836)
More than just a style guide, this is a navigation system through the bumpy road of life. Let RuPaul teach you the tried, tested and found true techniques that will propel you from background player to shining star! No more playing small, your time is now! "Workin' It!" will provide helpful and provocative tips on fashion, beauty, style and confidence for girls and boys, straight and gay - and everyone in between! No one knows more about life, self-expression and style than RuPaul! With photos by Mathu Andersen from the new season of RuPaul's Drag Race and a fresh look at style and inner beauty, "Workin' It!" will pick up where the show leaves off. The book will be as colourful, fun, and intriguing as RuPaul, with insights into makeup, clothing choices and the illusion of drag. Fans of RuPaul will get piece of Ru's philosophy on style and attitude - and how it's more than the clothes that make the man, or woman! With four colour photos throughout and a fresh, funky design "Workin' It!" will be the perfect guide to RuPaul - part style guide, part confidence manifesto, and entirely fabulous!
The Essential Fan Guide to Rupaul's Drag Race
November 21st, 2017
ISBN 192541857X (ISBN13: 9781925418576)
Everything you need to know about cult television show RuPaul's Drag Race - from seasons 1 to 9, including All Stars. Bursting onto the scene over two decades ago (with smash hit 'Supermodel of the World') RuPaul has been confounding critics to clear her own path over the many years since. Most recently, RuPaul has again become an unlikely pop-cultural icon by producing and starring in RuPaul's Drag Race - a reality television series that judges the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the competing drag queens.
Rupaul's Drag Race and Philosophy
December 3rd, 2019
ISBN 0812694783 (ISBN13: 9780812694789)
As RuPaul has said, this is the Golden Age of Drag--and that's chiefly the achievement of RuPaul's Drag Race, which in its eleventh year is more popular than ever, and has now become fully mainstream in its appeal. The show has an irresistible allure for folks of all persuasions and proclivities. Yet serious or philosophical discussion of its exponential success has been rare. Now at last we have RuPaul's Drag Race and Philosophy, shining the light on all dimensions of this amazing phenomenon: theories of gender construction and identity, interpretations of RuPaul's famous quotes and phrases, the paradoxes of reality shows, the phenomenology of the drag queen, and how the fake becomes the truly authentic. The book includes a Foreword by the original "Gender Outlaw" Kate Bornstein.
Guy to Goddess: An Intimate Look at Drag Queens
October 1st, 1994
ISBN 0898156459 (ISBN13: 9780898156454)
Drag Makeup for Beginners
September 25th, 2017
The State of Drag
March 9th, 2018
Whether you are a casual fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, a die-hard drag fan, a performer, or can’t fathom why anyone would want to spend hours in front of a mirror, wear uncomfortable shoes, and drastically distort their appearance for entertainment – then there is something for you in “The State Of Drag.” “The State Of Drag” is an extensive, meticulous look at drag all over the United States and around the world, and it’s past and present history. With interviews with 175 drag performers, “The State of Drag” looks at what’s currently happening in various drag scenes and the many different types, styles, and performers of modern drag! Including transgender drag performers, drag kings, bio/faux queens, pageant queens, comedy queens, celebrity impersonators, and more!
Who We Are
March 8th, 2017
Since putting his life on hold ten years ago, Oliver Clayton doesn’t know who he is anymore. To his clients at the hair salon, he’s the sassy and confident stylist. To the crowds who come to watch his drag act at the club, he’s the fierce and fabulous Miss Tique. He’s popular. Talented. Out, proud, and self-assured. He’s also a good actor. Sebastian Day is content with life’s easy, if not a little monotonous, routine. After several failed relationships, he likes the simplicity of being alone in his truck at his job as a heavy goods driver, spending the weekends with his teenage son, and putting the world to rights with his cat, Marv. He’s not lonely. He isn’t hiding.
Let's talk about RuPaul's Drag Race
If you are a hard-core fan of RuPaul's Drag Race and enjoy the comedy and entertainment it provides then this book is definitely for you. It takes a comedic approach in helping you reminisce about the show by recapping the highlights as well as the information you might have forgotten. This is not simply a guide book for the show or a book that's filled with information that can be found on a wiki page but a unique way of rekindling the feelings of excitement felt about each season starting from the very first one. You can take a trip down memory lane by remembering infamous moments like the Mimi Imfurst contact sport extravaganza as well as the more minor yet priceless moments like Rebecca Glasscock making it to the final 3.
Adventures of A Drag Queen
November 1st, 2019
ISBN 0992845653 (ISBN13: 9780992845650)
Through a collection of anecdotes, thoughts, opinions and observations from over a quarter-of-a-century in harness, Jeff reflects upon his un-hinged little world and its inhabitants through drag-tinted spectacles, with light-hearted warmth and humor. A little exaggerated, a bit extreme and in no particular order, this autobiographical memoir of short stories recounts the colorful life of an extraordinary entertainer in a very personal, revealing and often thought-provoking way.
Come with a Friend
May 21st, 2015
A depressed eighteen-year-old boy discovers love when he agrees to help an old friend trick a bully by dressing as a woman. Jason's life has been hard since his father killed his mother, and the police killed his father. Forced to live with his aunt and move away from his friends, he spends his teens lonely and depressed. Bullied at school and at work, he writes compulsively in his notebook, sometimes planning suicide, sometimes planning violence. When his old friend Timmy reenters his life and asks him to dress as a woman to trick their childhood bully, Jason sees it as an opportunity to set things straight with the other bullies in his life as well, and he agrees to it.
Drag King Dreams
March 22nd, 2006
ISBN 0786717637 (ISBN13: 9780786717637)
A veteran of the women's and gay movement of the past 30 years, Max's mid-life crisis hits in the midst of the post-9/11 world. Max is lonely and uncertain about her future — fearful, in fact, of America's future with its War on Terror and War in Iraq — with only a core group of friends to turn to for reassurance. Max is shaken from her crisis, however, by the news that her friend Vickie, a transvestite, has been found murdered on her way home late one night. As the community of cross-dressers, drag queens, lesbian and gay men, and "genderqueers" of all kinds stand up together in the face of this tragedy, Max taps into the activist spirit she thought had long disappeared and for the first time in years discovers hope for her future.
Alright Darling? The Contemporary Drag Scene
October 16th, 2018
ISBN 1786272873 (ISBN13: 9781786272874)
Alright Darling? is a visual celebration of the uninhibited, unapologetic and unafraid wonderland of contemporary drag. Showcasing the world's fiercest drag queens, along with their wild fashion – and the wit, realness, backstage antics and outrageous shade of drag culture – the book includes fresh shots of the ringleaders of this world, including: Adore Delano, Alyssa Edwards, Courtney Act, Detox, Francois Sagat, Manila Luzon, Sharon Needles, Trixie Mattel, Willam Belli, Latrice Royale, Raja Gemini, Milk and many, many more...All images are taken by Greg Bailey, founder and editor of Alright Darling – the zine at the centre of the recent explosion of drag.
Dressing Up: Transvestism and Drag: The History of an Obsession
October 3rd, 1979
ISBN 0500271690 (ISBN13: 9780500271698)
Queens of the Apocalypse
January 29th, 2014
Take three fierce drag queens, plus their undead drag sister, a massive solar flare, and a few billion hungry zombies, toss in the remnants of the U.S. Army and a hysterically funny, frequently-poignant cross-country trip, add a spicy dash of sizzling romance and a helping of mystery and suspense, and what you wind up with is the deliciously campy Queens of the Apocalypse.
November 1st, 1996
ISBN 0452273447 (ISBN13: 9780452273443)
In a story that crosses The Parent Trap with The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, we meet Mitchell Sayer, a stodgy, successful gay attorney. Mitchell's well-ordered life is thrown into upheaval when his socialite mother drops a double bombshell en route to a Buddhist convent. Mitchell, she confesses, was adopted - and Mitchell has an identical twin. This long-lost, separated-at-birth sibling isn't hard to find ... but he may be hard to take. For while his driver's license reads Donald Sweet, he's better known in Chicago's demimonde as Kitten Kaboodle, the gloriously gowned, stupendously stiletto-heeled star of the Tam-Tam Club's "all-girl" review. Recovering from the shock, Mitchell doffs his Armani jacket, loosens his Hermes tie, and prepares for a battle of the wills. He sees it as his mission to haul Donald out of Bob Mackie knockoffs and into the real world - or at least into flat heels.
October 24th, 2017
ISBN 0997391642 (ISBN13: 9780997391640)
A photo series documenting the drag queens and kings of New York City, through glamorous black-and-white photographs -Appeals to photography and popular culture book buyers and collectors, as well as national and international LGBTQ communities, fashion enthusiasts, and fashion boutiques/home decor stores -Beautifully designed coffee table book Drags is a photo series documenting the drag queens and kings of New York City, shot by director/photographer Gregory Kramer.
The House of Impossible Beauties
February 6th, 2018
ISBN 0062677004 (ISBN13: 9780062677006)
It’s 1980 in New York City, and nowhere is the city’s glamour and energy better reflected than in the burgeoning Harlem ball scene, where seventeen-year-old Angel first comes into her own. Burned by her traumatic past, Angel is new to the drag world, new to ball culture, and has a yearning inside of her to help create family for those without. When she falls in love with Hector, a beautiful young man who dreams of becoming a professional dancer, the two decide to form the House of Xtravaganza, the first-ever all-Latino house in the Harlem ball circuit. But when Hector dies of AIDS-related complications, Angel must bear the responsibility of tending to their house alone.
Making Priscilla: The Hilarious Story Behind The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
March 1st, 1995
ISBN 0452274842 (ISBN13: 9780452274846)
The movie itself is outrageous enough: Two drag queens and a transexual, hilariously and tragically at odds with their environment, take their act on the road to Alice Springs, Australia, in a converted school bus. But producer Al Clark's epic journey through the making of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is just as entertaining and even wilder. If you are a fan of filmmaking in the raw, a devotee of drag queens in the flesh, or simply curious about how to make an impossible dream come true (complete with a deliriously happy ending), Making Priscilla will make your day.
May 15th, 2012
ISBN 0992152909 (ISBN13: 9780992152901)
Drag has become a diverse form of expression that challenges, entertains, and educates by pushing boundaries, while embracing beauty, comedy and glamour. The performers in this book are evidence of that diversity, captured by some of the top photographers working in today's world.
Life's a Drag! Danny La Rue & The Drag Scene
August 2nd, 2018
Life's A Drag! — an evocative title for a very contemporary and compelling book. While it is true that there have been forms of drag, both private and public, since earliest times, as a form of modern entertainment drag in recent years has developed into a phenomenon which is now a world-wide multi-million pound entertainment industry in itself. This penetrating study, giving a depth background of the world drag scene s however, primarily a book about one drag artist — the hugely-successful Danny La Rue, himself a veritable Industry of Drag and unquestionably the highest-paid performer of his type in the world. Strangely no one has previously written a book about Danny la Rue, probably because he is a very private person despite his huge public persona.
Drag Dolls: 8 Cut-Out Drag Queens and Their Fabulous Over-The-Top Ensembles
August 1st, 1996
ISBN 0811814114 (ISBN13: 9780811814119)
Rupaul's Drag Race and the Shifting Visibility of Drag Culture
June 17th, 2017
ISBN 331950617X (ISBN13: 9783319506173)
This book identifies and analyzes the ways in which RuPaul's Drag Race has reshaped the visibility of drag culture in the US and internationally, as well as how the program has changed understandings of reality TV. This edited volume illustrates how drag has become a significant aspect of LGBTQ experience and identity globally through RuPaul's Drag Race, and how the show has reformed a media landscape in which competition and reality itself are understood as given. Taking on lenses addressing race, ethnicity, geographical origin, cultural identity, physicality and body image, and participation in drag culture across the globe, this volume offers critical, non-traditional, and first-hand perspectives on drag culture.
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September 26th, 2017
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February 11th, 2020
This collection of quotes has been carefully curated from RuPaul’s numerous public statements—interviews, books, social media posts, television appearances, and more. It’s a comprehensive picture of his decades-long career, his transformative effect on pop culture, and his wise perspective on identity, love, and life.
Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret
May 15th, 2003
ISBN 0226731588 (ISBN13: 9780226731582)
It's Saturday night in Key West and the Girlie Show is about to begin at the 801 Cabaret. The girls have been outside on the sidewalk all evening, seducing passersby into coming in for the show. The club itself is packed tonight and smoke has filled the room. When the lights finally go down, statuesque blonds and stunning brunettes sporting black leather miniskirts, stiletto heels, and see-through lingerie take the stage. En Vogue's "Free Your Mind" blares on the house stereo. The crowd roars in approval. In this lively book, Leila J. Rupp and Verta Taylor take us on an entertaining tour through one of America's most overlooked subcultures: the world of the drag queen. They offer a penetrating glimpse into the lives of the 801 Girls, the troupe of queens who perform nightly at the 801 Cabaret for tourists and locals.
The Drag Queens of New York
August 1st, 1996
ISBN 1573225525 (ISBN13: 9781573225526)
This smart, witty, and insightful tour of Manhattan's most dazzling arena of style--the wildly popular culture of drag-- features interviews with Lypsinka, RuPaul, Lady Bunny, and other notorious queens who can click their heels--even when they're eight inches off the ground.
After Hours: Life's a Drag
November 19th, 2015
An introverted performer, with no family and few friends to care for her, is found murdered in her dressing room and no one is talking. With no leads, the police have given up on finding the killer. It seems that the case may go unsolved until Richard (Dick) Saunders is brought in on the case.Unable to get over the loss of his one true love, the case brings back old memories and heartbreak. Through the twists and turns of the investigation, secrets are uncovered that change everything for Saunders and his juggling act of intrigue. Dick’s new attorney, Peter, is thrown into this brand new world. His unknown ties to Dick’s past could compromise everything Dick holds dear. With danger lurking all around Dick, Peter and Ruby (the plucky if not sociopathic Office Manager), old promises begin weighing on him.
Divas Las Vegas
November 3rd, 2009
ISBN 1573443697 (ISBN13: 9781573443692)
What happens when you find out that Grandma's vase mistakenly sold at a yard sale is worth tens of thousands of dollars—and somebody else is about to cash in on it on Antiques Roadshow? Of course, you hop on a plane with your best friend and race off to Las Vegas to get Grandma's vase back! Filled with action and suspense, hunky blackjack dealers, divine drag queens, strange sex, and sex in strange places, plus a Federal agent or two, Divas Las Vegas puts the sin in Sin City. A fun, new take on the murder mystery genre, Rob Rosen's Divas Las Vegas is a hilarious, touching, and compulsively readable page turner!
Blame It on Bianca Del Rio: The Expert on Nothing with an Opinion on Everything
May 22nd, 2018
When it comes to insult comics, Bianca Del Rio is in a class by herself. Fierce, funny, and fabulous—a would-be love child sired by John Waters and birthed by Joan Rivers—Bianca sandblasted her name in the annals of pop culture on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Thanks to her snarky frankness, impeccable comedic timing, and politically incorrect humor, she became the show’s breakout star, winning its sixth season. In Blame It On Bianca Del Rio, Bianca shares her opinions loudly and proudly, offering raucous, hilarious, no-holds-barred commentary on the everyday annoyances, big and small, that color her world, and make it a living, albeit amusing, hell for anyone who inhabits it.
May 28th, 2019
RuPaul Charles is an actor, producer, model, singer, songwriter, and author, known for his cross-dressing personality. This biography provides detailed information about his childhood, family, personal life, birthday, etc.
January 25th, 1996
ISBN 0811808955 (ISBN13: 9780811808958)
'Drag Diaries' pulls back the curtain on a campy, vivacious, underground society of high heels and attitude, complete with extravagant cross dressing, glittering exposure and fabulous costumes. Today, drag is everywhere, exerting a major influence on designers and photographers, models and stylists, movies and theatre.
The Diva Rules: Ditch the Drama, Find Your Strength, and Sparkle Your Way to the Top
November 10th, 2015
ISBN 1452142327 (ISBN13: 9781452142326)
Michelle Visage is not your average diva. Powerful, positive, and polished, this diva's not only glamorous, she's a savvy businesswoman with serious credentials who works her tail off. From her days vogueing in the downtown Manhattan clubs in the '90s to her successful career in radio and her ultimate cult status as a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race, Michelle has achieved her dreams and then some! In The Diva Rules, Visage shares her rules and advice for living life to the fullest and finding success no matter the hand you're dealt. With her no-nonsense style and super sassy voice, Michelle tells readers to "Keep Your Shit Together," "Give Good Face," and "Be Thankful You're a Misfit," in addition to 22 other invaluable life lessons on finding your power and sparkling your way to the top.
ISBN 1495140709 (ISBN13: 9781495140709)
Starting in 1983, Kit Kittle, a travel photojournalist and native New Yorker, photographed the drag queen community in the West Village. The get-ups and gags happening on the sidewalk became its own unique brand of street theatre. This was an era of excitement, drama and hilarity that was so full of life. The book these photographs were shot for was put aside as the onslaught of AIDS hit the community. History has cast a long shadow over the eighties, but the drag queens look as fabulous as ever.
Unicorn: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen
October 3rd, 2019
ISBN 0008306060 (ISBN13: 9780008306069)
From a god-fearing Muslim boy enraptured with their mother, to a vocal, queer drag queen estranged from their family, this is a heart-breaking and hilarious memoir about the author’s fight to be true to themselves. My name is Amrou Al- Kadhi – by day. By night, I am Glamrou, an empowered, fearless and acerbic drag queen who wears seven-inch heels and says the things that nobody else dares to. Growing up in a strict Iraqi Muslim household, it didn’t take long for me to realise I was different. When I was ten years old, I announced to my family that I was in love with Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone. The resultant fallout might best be described as something like the Iraqi version of Jerry Springer: The Opera. And that was just the beginning.
The RuPaul's Drag Race Handbook
April 18th, 2016
This book is your ultimate RuPaul's Drag Race resource. Here you will find the most up-to-date information, facts, quotes and much more. In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about RuPaul's Drag Race's whole picture right away. Get countless RuPaul's Drag Race facts right at your fingertips with this essential resource. The RuPaul's Drag Race Handbook is the single and largest RuPaul's Drag Race reference book. This compendium of information is the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. It will be your go-to source for any RuPaul's Drag Race questions.
Journey to the Rainbow's End: A Drag Queen's Odyssey
May 9th, 2018
Forrest Robert Stepnowski captures the essence of "coming out" and coming of age as a gay male today, and over the past three decades. "Journey to the Rainbow's End" captures the joys of love, the pain of heartbreak, surviving the darkness of suicide, and the self-discovery of finding one’s voice and place in society. Forrest Robert Stepnowski is a community advocate, a writer, a social worker, and a female impersonator, known as Victoria Eyesli, in the Pacific Northwest. He has been writing poetic works and prose for many years, and focuses on empowering others who have dealt with similar pathways of self-hate, self-deprecation, and self-loathing, in the hopes they can find they are not alone, that they are not deviants, nor are they against “human nature.” We all have voices, and the world should hear them all.
Life Lessons from the Drag Queen Upstairs
July 17th, 2017
ISBN 1544708319 (ISBN13: 9781544708317)
It has been said that when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. But how do you handle a series of losses that leave you broken hearted, financially strapped, and homeless? After a series of losses - the death of her mother, a divorce, a failed business that left her in financial difficulty - the author found herself living in a basement apartment and in a lot of despair. Then she met her unconventional upstairs neighbor - a drag queen - who offered a larger than life attitude, and lots of lessons on how to live a sparkling life. With honesty and humor, "Life Lessons" outlines the authors' discoveries, her fears and her hopes for those facing their own "lemon" moments. If you aren't lucky enough to know a drag queen, this book is a good way to discover how much fun challenging the conventional can be.
April 26th, 2016
ISBN 0545829933 (ISBN13: 9780545829939)
A fantastic, fabulous, funny YA debut from Jeffery Self, one of the gay icons of the YouTube generation, that follows one high school student on a drag race to his future. Debut YA author Jeffery Self takes us on a road trip with an insecure high school senior who has one goal: to be the first in his family to leave Clearwater, Florida, and go to college. The problem is, he has zero means of paying for school -- until his friends convince him to compete in a drag teen competition for a college scholarship.
Not Simply Divine
August 10th, 1994
ISBN 0671884670 (ISBN13: 9780671884673)
Divine's former personal manager takes readers through a labyrinth of American subcultures, countercultures, and glimmering nightlife to tell this no-holds-barred story of a man who did anything to become a star. 32 pages of photos.
The Drag King Book
July 1st, 1999
ISBN 1852426071 (ISBN13: 9781852426071)
First book on drag kings--women who dress up as men
The Harlot's Guide to Classy Cocktails: Delicious Drink Recipes & Drunk Drag Queens
August 18th, 2014
ISBN 1478732814 (ISBN13: 9781478732815)
The Harlot's Guide to Classy Cocktails ... Drag queens, drinking, and fun...oh my! "The Harlot's Guide to Classy Cocktails" is a modern twist on the coffee table cookbook. Follow these recipes to create delicious libations, which are sure to liven up any party. Then, read along to the true drinking tales of some of the world's most popular drag queens from North America, Europe, Africa, South America, Australia, and Asia. With "The Harlot's Guide to Classy Cocktails," Jeza Belle proves that at least one recipe is always a sure-fire hit: LIQUOR + LADYBOYS = LAUGHTER!
The Drag Queen Anthology
June 29th, 2004
ISBN 1560232846 (ISBN13: 9781560232841)
The Drag Queen Anthology: The Absolutely Fabulous but Flawlessly Customary World of Female Impersonators examines the phenomena of male-to-female gender performance and the people who live it. This provocative collection of original essays explores the possibilities, limitations, ironies, and controversies surrounding men who perform as women to an audience that knows the truth but celebrates the illusion. The book's contributors call on extensive backgrounds in sociology, anthropology, theater, literature--even military studies--and use a variety of approaches to address common themes and genres of presentation, performance, and style in a wide range of historical settings and cultures.
My Fairy Godmother Is a Drag Queen
May 2nd, 2017
Chris Bellows is just trying to get through high school and survive being the only stepchild in the social-climbing Fontaine family, whose recently diminished fortune hasn’t dimmed their desire to mingle with Upper East Side society. Chris sometimes feels more like a maid than part of the family. But when Chris’s stepsister Kimberly begins dating golden boy J. J. Kennerly, heir to a political dynasty, everything changes. Because Chris and J. J. fall in love . . . with each other. With the help of a new friend, Coco Chanel Jones, Chris learns to be comfortable in his own skin, let himself fall in love and be loved, and discovers that maybe he was wrong about his step-family all along. All it takes is one fairy godmother dressed as Diana Ross to change the course of his life.
Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens
May 7th, 2019
ISBN 1534430652 (ISBN13: 9781534430655)
Perpetually awkward Nima Kumara-Clark is bored with her insular community of Bridgeton, in love with her straight girlfriend, and trying to move past her mother’s unexpected departure. After a bewildering encounter at a local festival, Nima finds herself suddenly immersed in the drag scene on the other side of town. Macho drag kings, magical queens, new love interests, and surprising allies propel Nima both painfully and hilariously closer to a self she never knew she could be—one that can confidently express and accept love. But she’ll have to learn to accept lost love to get there.
Joey Brooks, the Show Must Go on
October 3rd, 2011
ISBN 1312684844 (ISBN13: 9781312684843)
Joey Brooks, The Show Must Go On is the story of The First Lady of Ybor from the days of El Goya to present day. This is Joey's first book, an inspiring and historical account of the glorious, and not so glorious, days of Ybor City. Joey Brooks, Female Impersonator, Show director, hostess, author... "Old school, new school, no school... who gives a shit? I'm too old to go to school. I barely remember last week. When I get too old to remember what the fuck I did when I was young ...ger, I'll just open of these books and laugh my ass off. I wonder how many other queens had this much fun becoming one of the icons of their community. Too funny. I just called myself an icon. Hell, I must be a queen. Only a female impersonator could call themselves a diva, a queen, a star without people giggling behind her back. Giggling is good. A twenty-dollar bill is better."
Suck Less: Where There's A Willam, There's A Way
October 18th, 2016
ISBN 1455566195 (ISBN13: 9781455566198)
The only lie told more often than "No, that looks totally cute on you" and "I got AIDS through oral" is "It gets better." Well, a lotta times it don't. Sometimes it just sucks less. But I promise you: where there's a Willam, there's a way. But this isn't all about me (for once). It's about you and how you can SUCK LESS at a variety of things drag queens are so much better at than the average person. I've got clap backs and life hacks and tips on classing up a simple grab-and-run lifting spree to the much more dignified act of larceny. Super-important life stuff with my own special, secret fag- swag sauce.
Untucked and Unzipped: Interviews and Recaps of RuPaul's Drag Race
August 29th, 2013
ISBN 1492190853 (ISBN13: 9781492190851)
Untucked and Unzipped: Interviews and Recaps of RuPaul's Drag Race contains 24 interviews and recaps of Season Four and the ALLSTARS season one, with a look into the behind-the-scenes for Northwest writer, Brian Michael Peterson.
May 17th, 2016
ISBN 145214897X (ISBN13: 9781452148977)
For over a decade, Magnus Hastings has been photographing the world's greatest drag superstars and asking each of them a simple question: Why drag? The result is this mesmerizing volume in which the queens strut their stuff and reflect on their shared passion through a mixture of quips and philosophizing. Subjects include icons of reality TV and underground drag royalty, and photographs range from the divine to the trashy. Featuring the likes of Bianca Del Rio and Courtney Act, this collection is a beautiful celebration of drag as an art form and an exhila.
Lettin it All Hang Out: An Autobiography
June 1st, 1995
ISBN 0786881658 (ISBN13: 9780786881659)
A provocative glimpse into the mind of America's foremost drag queen includes the inside story of how he rose to stardom as a supermodel, plus beauty tips and more than fifty black-and-white photographs.
The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, the Music, the Seventies in San Francisco
March 1st, 2005
ISBN 0312425694 (ISBN13: 9780312425692)
Imagine a pied piper singing in falsetto, wearing sequins, and leading the young people of the nation to San Francisco and on to a liberation where nothing was straight-laced or old-fashioned. And everyone, finally, was welcome--to come as themselves. This is not a fairy tale. This was real, mighty real, and disco-sensation Sylvester was the piper. Yale- trained sociologist Joshua Gamson uses Sylvester's life to lead us through the story of the 1970s, when a generation took off its shame. Celebrity, sociology, and music history mingle in this endlessly entertaining story of a singer who embodied the freedom, spirit, and flamboyance of a golden moment in American culture.
Wigstock: Holiday on Wheels
September 30th, 1996
ISBN 0312147627 (ISBN13: 9780312147624)
A pictorial look at New York City's annual celebration of drag.
Dungeons & Drag Queens
April 1st, 2014
ISBN 162105103X (ISBN13: 9781621051039)
What happens when a small town drag queen gets sucked into a realm of sword and sorcery and forced to do much more than lip-sync for her life? After a weird wizard transports Sleazella LaRuse to the realm of Houmak, Green Bay's number one diva must battle to save her life and protect the lip-syncing, potty-mouthed persona she's worked so hard to cultivate. Will her bones be devoured by the gnawing nipple-mouths of slavwolves or crushed by the brutal Blada Femma? Worse yet, will she find love amongst the scum sailors and slopulating sky serpents? Will she win this glamorous game of thrones? The answer is clear in the most fierce and fabulous fantasy epic ever.
May 17th, 2007
ISBN 0525477993 (ISBN13: 9780525477990)
Billy Bloom is gay, but it's mostly theoretical, as he hasn't had much experience. When he has to move to Florida, he can't believe his bad luck. His new school is a mix of bible belles, amberzombies, and football heroes -- none of which are exactly his type. Billy's efforts to fit in and stand out at the same time are both hilarious and heart warming. In this novel from adult author and media personality James St. James, readers are in for a wild ride as he tells Billy's fascinating story of bravado, pain, and unexpected love, inspired by his own experiences.
Confessions of a Drag Queen Tupperware Lady
April 1st, 2014
ISBN 1628404698 (ISBN13: 9781628404692)
Kevin Farrell is a real-life, present-day "Tootsie!" Kevin has a new twist on an old Hollywood story. After a debut on TV's "Frasier," boy actor comes to California to seek his fortune in show business. A talented, well-liked working actor, he works consistently, but not quite enough to pay the bills. So following the advice of longtime friend, Kevin decided to supplement his income by selling Tupperware. In drag. It wasn't long before Kevin became Tupperware's number one salesperson in North America! This is his story. Funny, touching, outrageous, irritating moments of parties and hostesses and customers. Inspiring stories of a businessman, a son, a brother, an actor.
Drag: The Complete Story
September 17th, 2019
ISBN 178627423X (ISBN13: 9781786274236)
Drag is transformation, communication, and, above all, exaggeration, where gender non-conformity is the plat du jour. This fearless book observes this increasingly complex world by exploring drag's journey – from the surprising, to the sophisticated, to the utterly bizarre – through the twentieth century and up to the present day. With witty text, dazzling photography, and corralled into thematic chapters, this is the first flamboyant and poignant survey of drag culture. Drag is not just for fabulous queens and drag enthusiasts, but for anyone interested in gender fluidity and the culture surrounding it.
Mother Camp: Female Impersonators in America
January 1st, 1972
ISBN 0226577600 (ISBN13: 9780226577609)
For two years Ester Newton did field research in the world of drag queens—homosexual men who make a living impersonating women. Newton spent time in the noisy bars, the chaotic dressing rooms, and the cheap apartments and hotels that make up the lives of drag queens, interviewing informants whose trust she had earned and compiling a lively, first-hand ethnographic account of the culture of female impersonators. Mother Camp explores the distinctions that drag queens make among themselves as performers, the various kinds of night clubs and acts they depend on for a living, and the social organization of their work. A major part of the book deals with the symbolic geography of male and female styles, as enacted in the homosexual concept of "drag" (sex role transformation) and "camp," an important humor system cultivated by the drag queens themselves.
Fabulous Drag Queens: Coloring Book for Adult Color Therapy: High Drag Edition
April 19th, 2019
ISBN 1094939307 (ISBN13: 9781094939308)
An awesome collection of Drag Queens for relaxation and stress relief! Get creative as you paint these beautiful illustrations in your own unique way. Bring your favorite Drag Queen to life by coloring their hair, makeup and perfecting their extraordinary look. This adult coloring book contains 22 detailed hand-drawn illustrations and is great for all skill levels.
The Ultimate RuPaul's Drag Race Quiz Book
September 9th, 2019
This quiz book is filled with questions that are only suitable for the most hardcore of fans. So you have to be a fan of Valentina just as much you are of the first ever Nina. I would use a quote from RuPaul as a means of encouragement but just like Kameron Michaels they all are all 'trade' - marked. So good fortune and do not fail at this.
Pocket RuPaul Wisdom: Witty Quotes and Wise Words from a Drag Superstar
October 19th, 2017
ISBN 1784881287 (ISBN13: 9781784881283)
She Came in Drag
June 1st, 1999
ISBN 0425169359 (ISBN13: 9780425169353)
Halloween is creeping up on San Francisco's Castro neighborhood, setting the perfect stage for mischief, mayhem -- and murder. Emma Victor is hired to protect a rock diva who's been outted...in a parade of drag queen lookalikes!
The Bodies of Others: Drag Dances and Their Afterlives
March 15th, 2019
ISBN 0472054090 (ISBN13: 9780472054091)
The Bodies of Others explores the politics of gender in motion. From drag ballerinas to faux queens, and from but oh divas to the club mothers of modern dance, the book delves into four decades of drag dances on American stages. Drag dances take us beyond glittery one-liners and into the spaces between gender norms. In these backstage histories, dancers give their bodies over to other selves, opening up the category of realness. The book maps out a drag politics of embodiment, connecting drag dances to queer hope, memory, and mourning.
San Francisco Drag: A Coloring Book
December 8th, 2015
ISBN 1944507000 (ISBN13: 9781944507008)
Meg Murray created 50 images of some of the most iconic performers working in San Francisco today, spanning the spectrum from legendary diva to baby queen. Including Glamamore, Juanita Moore, Heklina, Grace Towers, Sister Roma, and much more!
Contemporary Drag Practices and Performers: Drag in a Changing Scene Volume 1
March 19th, 2020
ISBN 1350082945 (ISBN13: 9781350082946)
In recent years drag performance has moved from the fringes to emerge as a mainstream phenomenon, showcased on TV shows in the US and the UK. This collection offers a diverse range of critical engagements by drag performers, makers, scholars and writers reflecting on work from the UK, USA, Israel, Germany and Australia. Moving beyond discussions of gender theory, the essays consider contemporary drag performance practices, connecting them to the histories, communities and politics that produced them. Chapters range across discussions of drag kings in the US, UK and drag and activism; the influence of RuPaul on the generation of new forms of work in New York; transfeminist critiques of drag; 'bio'/faux queens; engagements with race and ethnicity through drag performance; drag andragogy; audience concerns; drag intersections with animal personas, and how drag performance relates to personal narratives.
The Black Flamingo
August 8th, 2019
ISBN 144494858X (ISBN13: 9781444948585)
Fiercely told, this is a timely coming-of-age story, told in verse about the journey to self-acceptance. Perfect for fans of Sarah Crossan, Poet X and Orangeboy. A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen - then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers - to show ourselves to the world in bold color.
Drag Dolls, Dames & Divas
July 1st, 2014
"Drag Dolls, Dames, & Divas" is a coffee table book of beautiful, amusing, and alluring photographs by celebrity, fashion and beauty photographer James Hicks. The ultra-fabulous Drag Dolls, Dames & Divas that grace the glossy pages are some of today's most popular female impersonators (including former contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race). This work of art includes many styles of drag ranging from the beauty queen to the campy queen, the fishy(realistic) girl to the gender bender and the celebrity impersonator to the girl next door. This fierce book is a must have for your coffee table. A portion of the proceeds from this fabulous book will be donated to the "It Gets Better Project".
RuPaul's Drag Race Mad Libs
January 5th, 2016
ISBN 0843183616 (ISBN13: 9780843183610)
You'll want to run—in heels—to pick up your copy of RuPaul's Drag Race Mad Libs. Fans can relive their favorite moments from this fierce reality show by playing the 21 stories included in this book. Work!
Fiercely You: Be Fabulous and Confident by Thinking Like a Drag Queen
August 15th, 2016
ISBN 1626568073 (ISBN13: 9781626568075)
Work through your fears by getting fierce!Fiercely You is a creative, playful approach to the serious problems that women face regarding confidence and risk taking. At a particularly low point in her life, bestselling author Jackie Huba serendipitously stumbled upon the wonderful world of drag queens and was inspired. They were supremely self-assured, utterly fearless, strong, powerful, and unabashedly and completely themselves. Jackie even became a drag queen herself: Lady Trinity. Drawing on her own experiences and interviews with the world's top drag queens, Huba and coauthor Shelly Kronbergs offers five Keys to Fierce that will help readers find the courage to ignore criticism and live the life they truly want to live every day--no wigs or stilettos required.
Drag Queen Brunch
August 27th, 2019
ISBN 1941879276 (ISBN13: 9781941879276)
DRAG QUEEN BRUNCH is the new eye-popping, jaw-dropping cookbook-meets-lifestyle-spread by award-winning author and TV personality Poppy Tooker. In her 6th book, Tooker, one of New Orleans’ most celebrated preservationists and historians, combines the history and tradition of New Orleans drag culture with striking imagery, captivating stories and curated recipes from some of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants and chefs.
Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life
March 3rd, 2020
ISBN 0143134620 (ISBN13: 9780143134626)
Legendary Children centers itself around the idea that not only is Drag Race the queerest show in the history of television, but that RuPaul and company devised a show that serves as an actual museum of queer cultural and social history, drawing on queer traditions and the work of legendary figures going back nearly a century. In doing so, Drag Race became not only a repository of queer history and culture, but an examination and illustration of queer life in the modern age. It is a snapshot of how LGBTQ folks live, struggle, work and reach out to each other – and how they always have.
Drag Queens (People Who Made South Beach)
July 25th, 2013
December 12th, 2012
Ashley is on a mission, but is he willing to take all the risks to show he’s got what it takes? Rick is a man who knows what he wants, and he is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure he gets it. When a gorgeous redhead walks into his local bar, wearing sexy heels and a mini skirt, he knows exactly who wants. But, looks can be deceiving, and sometimes you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.
The Makeup of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Essays on the Queen of Reality Shows
October 13th, 2014
Start your engines—for the fun, controversy and life lessons of RuPaul’s Drag Race and its spinoff, RuPaul’s DragU. This international collection of original essays critically examines the shows’ representation of drag within the contexts of the reality TV genre and LGBTQ issues. Contributors focus on the structure of the two programs, the subversive nature of drag itself, the treatment of trans contestants, the issues of race, the language and the shows’ handling of LGBTQ political issues. A comprehensive discussion is provided of the shows’ premise, the host and the contestants through six seasons of Drag Race and the three seasons of DragU.
Danny La Rue: Life's A Drag
September 30th, 1974
ISBN 0352398264 (ISBN13: 9780352398260)
'People expect me to be naughty, and I am!' 'Naughty', perhaps, but no-one could ever claim he skirted success! There are his recordings, countless pantomime hits, two Royal Command Performances, the hugely successful summer seasons, the TV appearances (drawing 12 million viewers for his smash-hit TV spectacular), the acclamation as 'Show Business Personality of the Year.' And there are the rewards ... All built on an ending ability to make people laugh.
From Darkness To Diva
August 1st, 2015
ISBN 1785350153 (ISBN13: 9781785350153)
Beyond the stereotypical expectation of glitter and sequins, comes a personal and inspirational journey of overcoming fear, rejection and insecurity. This story isn't solely about a drag-queen, but rather, it's a journey of real life experiences which many of us have faced throughout life, written by a gay man who happens to be a drag-queen. It's a story which is relevant in today's society, regardless of one's own sexuality. This book was written to bring inspiration and hope to anyone who may need positive affirmation to love the life they live, or for anyone who needs to understand first-hand what it can be like to fight, a sometimes losing battle, for self acceptance. Whoever the reader, it shows that it is possible to overcome extreme adversity and survive those horrendous experiences which seem determined to destroy us.
Memoirs of a Jehovah's Witness Drag Queen from Fresno
October 3rd, 2013
Memoirs of a Jehovah’s Witness Drag Queen from Fresno is a collection of true and comical stories with funny illustrations about my experience growing up as a Gay Boy, Drag Queen and Jehovah’s Witness in rural places like Fresno and Idaho.It’s full of wit, irony, humor and touching wisdom punctuated with delightful and comical caricatures that are bound to delight the inner child, stimulate the philosopher and tickle the irreverent degenerate.
The Drag King Anthology
ISBN 1560233087 (ISBN13: 9781560233084)
Drag: Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business
April 30th, 2019
ISBN 0847862356 (ISBN13: 9780847862351)
Since man first walked the Earth...in heels, no other art form has wielded as unique an influence on pop culture as Drag. Drag artists have now sashayed their way to snatch the crowns as the Queens of mainstream entertainment.Through informative and witty essays chronicling over 100 years of drag, readers will embark on a Priscilla-like journey through pop culture, from television shows like The Milton Berle Show, Bosom Buddies, and RuPaul's Drag Race, films like Some Like It Hot, To Wong Foo..., and Tootsie.
The Essential RuPaul: Herstory, Philosophy & Her Fiercest Queens
September 13th, 2016
ISBN 1925418057 (ISBN13: 9781925418057)
The essential guide for fans of the most famous drag queen in the world. RuPaul—the most famous drag queen in the world, recording artist, cult television host, pop-cultural icon—is celebrated in this essential fan guide. Bursting onto the scene over two decades ago with the huge hit Supermodel of the World, RuPaul has been confounding critics to clear her own path over the many years since.
Diary of a Drag Queen
February 7th, 2019
ISBN 1473560497 (ISBN13: 9781473560499)
Northern, working-class and shagging men three times her age, Crystal writes candidly about her search for ‘the one’; sleeping with a VIP in an attempt to become a world famous journalist; getting hired and fired by a well-known fashion magazine; being torn between losing weight and gorging on KFC; and her need for constant sexual satisfaction (and where that takes her). Charting her day-to-day adventures over the course of a year, we encounter tucks, twists and sucks, heinous overspending and endless nights spent sprinting from problem to problem in a full face of make-up.This is a place where the previously unspeakable becomes the commendable – a unique portrayal of the queer experience.
Big Wigs: Stories of a Straight Girl in a Drag Queen's World
June 21st, 2007
ISBN 0976021633 (ISBN13: 9780976021636)
Author Heather Haneman has an obvious way with words. In her delightful debut book, she brings a smart, sassy style to the world of drag. Big Wigs: Stories of a Straight Girl in a Drag Queen's World will entertain, enlighten and inform. For nearly twenty years, Heather has been a backup dancer in some of the most extraordinary revues imaginable. Not bad for a Missouri girl, an admitted "late bloomer" who thought that drag described the life of someone involved in professional auto racing. Then she arrived in Chicago. As a straight girl in a drag queen's world, Heather has developed a saucy, street-smart attitude, along with an unblushingly provacative persona and an always energetic wit. She already had the breasts.