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Dessie’s Drag Race Crowns Season 9 Winner!

Regina Thorne DuBois Dessie Drag Race Winner

10 Grueling Weeks Filled With Spectacular Performances, Costumes, And Drag Queens Has Crowned A New Houston Diva!

(HOUSTON) – Season 9 is a wrap for Dessie’s Drag Race, a ten-week competition for drag performers at Michael’s Outpost created by Miss Gay Texas, Dessie Love Blake.  Landing the Season 9 ‘Crown’ is Houston’s Regina Thorne-Dubois.

Winner Regina Thorne-Dubois admits she has only three short years in the Houston drag scene, but has used inspiration from idols Dessie Love Blake, Chloe Knox , friends and family to take her to the top. Regina mixed her background in theatre and her true love for the stage. That combination was unstoppable, and she knew Season 9 was hers for the taking.

“Dropping out was never an option for me once I made the decision to do drag race,” Regina explained in an interview with About News. She recalls thinking it was a ‘horrible joke,’ after she was announced winner.

Over the history of D.D.R. the audience has seen many members of the Dubois family come up one step shy. Not this season, as two members of Dubois family dynasty landed in the finals.

 “Regina was a front runner from the beginning,” show founder Dessie Love Blake expressed. “She proved week after week she had the goods to go to the end.” As the winner, Regina will become the host at Michael’s Outpost on Monday nights with her new show, A Broads Way: A Broadway Musical Revue.

Houston’s Drag Performers Showcase Their Beards With Real Meaning

Houston's Drag Illusion Performers Proudly Showcase Their Beards Glittering With Real Meaning For A New Generation Of LGBT Pride.

HOUSTON — (March 14) — From big and beautiful hair to mugs that have been painted for the gods, the art of drag has been a staple in the LGBTQ+ community for decades. For many, drag has become an escape from their daily lives allowing them to transform into fabulous and divine drag performers.

It’s an expression of art with inspiration drawn from those before them and also their own originality. When most people think of drag they think of a man who is a female illusionist. However, the drag scene in Houston and across the state has shown us that there are many facets to the art of this centuries old profession.

“Freedom of expression and creativity. For me drag is an outlet to be as flamboyant as I can be without being judged.”- Barbara Coa, Houston Drag Performer

In Season 8 of Dessie’s Drag Race at Michael’s Outpost, the Houston drag scene was introduced to two very intriguing and talented queens who brought something a little different to the table. The wigs, make-up, costumes and high heels were all there but these two beauties decided to keep their full beards instead of shaving like most queens do. Looking around the audience during each of their performances you could read how each person felt. Confused, intrigued, oddly satisfied and definitely wanting more. Unbeknownst to LGBTQ+ youth, beards in drag have been around since late 1969, notably as performed by The Cockettes and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.


 


 

I sat down with a few of Houston’s bearded drag queens as well as some of Houston’s most well-known and successful drag queens to get more insight on why bearded drag has once again returned to popularity.

BLACKBERRI

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SJ: What does drag mean to you?

BB: “For me, drag is an expression of someone’s artistic vision. When I am performing I am showing the world my fantasy persona.”

SJ: Why is it so important for you to have a beard?

BB: “In the bear/cub community everything is hyper masculine, so for me to be able to keep my beard while being feminine was very liberating.”

SJ: What has been the response since you have started doing drag as a bearded queen?

BB: “Most people are confused until they actually see me perform and then they are able to look past the beard. I also have a lot of people tell me that they never understood bearded drag until they saw me perform so that’s always nice.

SJ: Have you faced any sort of adversity? Either from your friends or family or possibly a show director?

BB: “For the most part everyone has been very supportive. There are 2 bars I know I can’t get booked at because of my beard but I’m continually breaking barriers so I’m optimistic that it could happen in the future.”

SJ: Lastly, do you have anything you want to say to other bearded drag queens or just non conforming LGBTQ peoples?

BB: “Just keep living your truth. If you do that you will always be successful.”

KLONOPIN KARDASHIAN

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SJ: What does drag mean to you?

KK: “Drag to me is gender as a performance/visual form of art. It’s the ultimate commentary on gender and as there are many types of drag, there are as many discourses on gender through this art form.”

SJ: Why is it so important for you to have a beard?

KK: “It is important for me to have a beard because my drag is a juxtaposition of the ultra feminine and the ultra masculine. I want to create my own definition of androgyny and for me that means performing as a bearded drag queen.”

SJ: Would you ever consider competing in one of the big pageantry systems? America, USofA, Continental? Why or why not?

KK: “I would never do a pageant unless it was specifically a bearded pageant. For one, I am not interested in that style of drag. It’s not for me and I would be occupying space that isn’t welcoming to me or one that I belong in.”

BARBARA COA

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SJ: What does drag mean to you?

BC: “Freedom of expression and creativity. For me drag is an outlet to be as flamboyant as I can be without being judged.”

SJ: Would you ever consider competing in one of the big pageantry systems? America, USofA, Continental? Why or why not?

BC: “If the opportunity comes along, why not? I think a bearded queen can be just as beautiful and competitive as a queen who doesn’t have a beard.”

SJ: Lastly, do you have anything you want to say to other bearded drag queens or just non conforming LGBTQ peoples?

BC: “Don’t stop! Saturate the night with beards, beer and LOVE!”

After getting to know these bearded ladies a little better, I was interested to see what some of the more established queens in Houston thought about this new wave of drag queens who were getting so much attention. I sat down with Houstons very own, Dessie Love Blake and Cyn City to get the 411.

DESSIE LOVE BLAKE

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SJ: Who was the first bearded drag queen you ever saw live and what were your initial thoughts?

DLB: Blackberri and Klonopin Kardashian. I was very intrigued and open to the idea. I was excited to see a new twist to the art form. Blackberri is a genius on stage. She has a way of drawing you in even in the simplest ways. That is a true entertainer, beard or not.

SJ: The winner of Dessie’s Drag Race Season 8 was a bearded drag queen. Since you don’t choose the winner alone, what were your thoughts and did you think she would have a successful show?

DLB: I fell in love with Blackberri instantly. I knew she had the charisma, stage presence and talent to go a long way. I didn’t know if she would win in the end but she did with a UNANIMOUS vote! She now has a full time gig every Tuesday night at Michael’s Outpost and I see no signs of it slowing down. I will note that she is the FIRST drag race winner to have her show make it past the allotted trial period they are offered when they win.

SJ: Lastly, do you have any last thoughts for bearded drag queens both local and afar?

DLB: “I would say this just like the Queens, Kings and Male Entertainers, you have to pave your own road. If they come to the stage polished, well rehearsed and professional, I believe the sky is the limit. I do believe that they can’t always be about the “in your face, hairy, half naked comedy. It can work on occasion but to be constantly booked and remain relevant, they will have to be multi dimensional as most good entertainers are.”

CYN CITY

About Cyn

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SJ: Who was the first drag queen you ever saw live and what were your initial thoughts?

CC: “Blackberri was the first bearded queen I ever saw live and she has been giving me life ever since that day. It took me a second to take it all in at first though. When I hear the word “drag” I think of men impersonating women. So to see someone in hyper feminine make-up and a full beard really caught me off guard. After about 30 seconds of her performance, I was hooked!”

SJ: Do you feel like bearded drag queens have a place here in the Houston drag scene?

CC: “I don’t feel as though they have a place in the scene, but they are definitely making a place for themselves in the Houston drag scene.”

SJ: Lastly, do you have any last words for bearded queens both near and afar?

CC: “I would definitely tell all bearded queens to KEEP BEING SICKENING! You have chosen an aesthetic that makes people look twice and really open their minds to how they view drag. You have an opportunity to change drag as we know it and take it to a realm that is fantasy, fierce and FUN! Keep being true to yourself and showcasing your art.”

I think it is fair to say that no matter how we saw things before, that is all changing whether we are ready or not. Life and drag are similar in that we all have an opportunity to create the world we live in. We can live our truth and people will either accept or not. To my furry friends who are just starting out in drag or have been doing it for some time now, I am here for it! And it appears everyone else is as well.

Large Fight Leaves Two Hurt – Over 20 Police Officers On Scene At F Bar Houston

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Thursday’s Hip Hop Night At F Bar Turned Violent Requiring Massive Police Response After Nightclub Had Closed!

HOUSTONFEB 24 — Nearly two-dozen police officers responded to F Bar Houston early Friday morning to break up a fight in the parking lot. F Bar Houston is located on Tuam Street.

Houston Police describe at least 200 people were in the parking lot of the LGBT nightclub near Helena Street when multiple fights broke out.

Thursday night is the nightclub’s hip-hop night. “It was club patrons that were in the parking lot near and around the food truck,” club owner Irwin Palchick said to About News. “The club was closed, and our security was still on sight when it occurred.”

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F Bar Houston’s off duty Houston Police officer, working the extra job at the club had to call for back up. An estimated 20+ officers responded to the call for help.

According to Houston Police, dozens of people fled the scene when officers started arriving. Two men were examined by paramedics for unknown injuries but were not transported to the hospital.

A witness at F Bar describes Thursday nights as very crowed. “There are so many people, all wanting to leave about 2:15 a.m. that it takes a while to get everyone out.”

Houston Police detained several people at the scene, but no arrests were made due to the district attorney’s office refusing to accept charges.

New Years Eve 2017 Houston: A List Of LGBT Parties

New Years Eve 2017 Houston: A List Of LGBT Parties
New Years Eve 2017 Houston: A List Of LGBT Parties

The List Of  The Hottest Places LGBT Houston Will Be Ringing In The New Year  

New Year’s Eve 2017 Houston: A List Of LGBTQ+ Parties

HOUSTON — How are you and your friends ringing in 2017?  You could freeze your ass off in New York’s Times Square, or you could enjoy the more humid air of the eccentric Montrose neighborhood. You can either party bounce or pick one location and stay all night.

We all know this is a rough time of year with visiting relatives, expanding waistlines, but all is forgotten for New Years Eve. Montrose might not always get things right (town home building invasion, crime), but the historic LGBT neighborhood certainly knows how to party.

We’ve complied an exclusive list from social media of some of the best LGBTQ+ parties across Montrose and Midtown for the young and in your prime, for the laid-back and the adrenaline junkie, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy, and be safe.

 

Richs Houston: 2017 NYE BASH
Complimentary champagne toast, and a cash balloon drop worth thousands at the stroke of midnight. Rich’s has a special surprise for our revelers in Houston.
Scene: Trendy+ Large Danceclub
$10 Door Cover | 21+ | Doors at 9PM


South Beach: NYE with RuPaul’s Pearl
Pearl returns for the Pearl Necklace party. New Year’s Countdown..
Champagne toast at midnight. No cover before 10PM with text. No cover until midnight with Tuxedo.
Scene: Mix Crowd + Youth + DJ + Drag Lovers + Large Danceclub
$20 Door Cover | 18+ | 9PM – 4AM


Neon Boots Dancehall: HUGE 2017 NYE Party
Champagne Toast, Balloon Drop Money Drop, and free breakfast
Free Breakfast at 1:30am
Free New Year’s Party Favors
Scene: County Music + Jocks + Cowboys & Girls + Large Danceclub
$10 Door Cover | 21+ | 9PM


F Bar Houston: Diamonds Are Forever
NYE Entertainment by ALYSSA EDWARDS, LAGANJA ESTRANJA and hosted by PERSANA SHOULDERS, from the world famous OZ NIGHTCLUB, New Orleans.
Scene: Trendy+ Drag Lovers + DJ + Danceclub
$35 COVER | 21+| 9PM


Pearl Bar: DJ Von Kiss NYE Girl Party
DJ Von Kiss from Los Angeles joins GRRRL PARTS DJs at Houston only girl bar. Complimentary Champagne Toast at midnight
Scene: Trendy+ Girls + DJ + Bar
$10 Door Cover | 21+ |8PM


Guava Lamp: NYE Drag Show
Start your New Year’s Eve with Houston’s Best Drag Show at Guava Lamp. Bottle Service Available: $200 for both one bottle of Kettle One and one bottle Veuve Champagne.
Scene: Trendy+ Intimate Crowd + Drag Lovers +DJ + Bar
$ NO Cover | 21+ | 4PM


Ripcord: Bearracuda NYE 2017
Get your NYE fun with DJ Ryan Jones at the Ripcord.
Scene: Leather + Mix + DJ + Bar
$6 Door Cover | 21+| 9PM


Bayou City Bar: NYE Drag Show
Midnight balloon drop with cash and prizes at this hot New Years Eve party in the middle of Montrose. Bottle Service available.
Scene: Hip Hop + Trendy + DJ + Bar
$ NO Cover | 21+ |9PM