A new craze is sweeping over New York City but it’s not something any of us should be excited about. All across Brooklyn and the surrounding areas men are dressing up like women and going out for a night on the town, nice right? I recently read a story glorifying this extremely odd behavior, making it seem as if it’s normal for people to do this. I had all I could do to look at the pictures, but thought it worthwhile to share both the story, and the pictures, with you so you could see what the world is coming to.
The photos below will give you a better look at what I’m talking about. Some of them have beards and others try their best to actually replicate a woman. You’ll see some of them in wild outfits covered in glitter and wearing fishnets and rhinestones, and others are more toned down with a more “classy” look to them. No matter what they’re wearing or the “look” they’re trying to go for, this is some strange stuff.
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One of the drag queens, “Ms. Keith”(who claims to be straight) did an interview and let us into the mind of one of these people to see what goes on. He trained as a painter and anthropologist at Stanford, then went on to become a photographer. He said that the parties they have usually only have the queens themselves and their supporters, that not too many outsiders show up but then there’s parties where they’ll be a mix of gays, lesbians, actual transsexuals, and anything else that isn’t “normal” when it comes to sexuality.
They call themselves “performers” and hold a party called “Dizzyland” where they all gather and show themselves off to each other. They also perform around the various bars and clubs in Brooklyn, which is experiencing a “drag renaissance,” according to one of the queens. They like Brooklyn because it offers them greater freedom in what they do.
They also hold competitions, the largest of which is the MR(S) Williamsburg Competition. It’s hosted and judged by fellow drag queens and its said to be pushing the boundaries for gender definitions and gay performances.