Who are the Icons of the drag community and what are their stories?
The American Drag Queen, RuPaul, is one of the biggest Drag Queen icons. RuPaul was born November 17, 1960 as Ernestine Toni Charles. He is known as an actor, model, singer and songwriter. He is the producer and host of his own TV shoe, RuPaul’s Drag Race.
RuPaul released his first album, Supermodel of the World, in the early 1990’s. He began to preform on stage in Atlanta then later moved on to New York City. In 2009, he began hosting his TV Show RuPaul’s Drag Race which is still a big hit today.
A number of awards won by RuPaul: GLAAD Vito Russo Award, Outstanding Reality Program, Best New Indulgence, Best Reality Show Judge/Host, Best Dressed Reality TV Judge, Best Reality Show Judge/Host, Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competitions Programs (2 times), Outstanding Reality Competition Program, Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Sharon Needles was born on November 28, 1981 as Aaron Coady. He performed on RuPaul’s tv show and was crowned “America’s next drag superstar.” She got her name Sharon Needles from the pun “sharin needles”. Pittsburg City Counsel made June 12, 2012 “Sharon Needles Day”. She won “Best Drag Performer” in Pittsburg in 2015.
Bianca Del Rio
Bianca Del Rio was born on June 27, 1975 as Roy Haylock. She is a costume designer and theatrical performer. She performs on RuPauls Drag Race and was season six reigning winner on the show. In December of 2014, she was awarded the Best Television Personality award from NewNowNext. She is the star in her comedy movie Hurricane Bianca that was released in 2016 and Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate that was released in 2018.
Mother Flawless Sabrina
Mother Flawless Subrina was born on September 10, 1939 as Jack Doroshow. Along with being one of the first Drag Queens in the United States, she was a actress, performer and an American LGBT activist. She was a mentor and inspiration for the transgender community and upcoming drag queens. She won an award for her film, The Queen, at the Cannes Film Festival.
Lady Bunny was born August 14, 1962 as Jon Ingle. She is know for her enormous blonde wigs, as well as being the creator of Wigstock. She is also a DJ, actress, comedienne, singer and songwriter. She has release two duets with RuPaul along with her solo, Take Me Up High. In 2009 she was the GayVN Awards winner of Best Non-sex performance on “Brothers Reunion“