A Look Back At The Drag Explosion Of The '90s New York Club Scene

Who’s that ecstatic young birthday girl, perched on a throne and surrounded by admirers in the picture above? It’s me, in 1991, at the Building nightclub, a few years after joining the ranks of the NYC drag queens. (With me, from left to right, are Afrodite, Sweetie, Faux Pas and Flloyd.)

Talk about being at the right place at the right time. From the moment I first plopped on a wig I entered into an absolutely momentous era of drag history. It was a drag explosion, spanning the late 1980s to the mid-‘90s, when gender-bending transformed from an underground art form to a pop-culture phenomenon.

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