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INTERVIEW WITH ROB ROTH: t’s a beautiful day outside, as I sit perched in front of my dining room table waiting for a call from musician, promoter, DJ, and drag legend Lady Bunny. This was an interview that I felt appropriately prepared for, but I was still nervous. She is, after all, a legend. Well, as much of a legend as you can be and still be living, I suppose.
When my phone eventually rang, though, I was treated to a delightful conversation with a thoughtful, well-spoken leader of the queer community. Lady Bunny will be visiting Seattle in a few weeks for an appearance at BUMP
, the long running Halloween party benefit thrown annually by Gay City Health Project. Joining her, in addition to Superthreat (Nark + Amoania), Jimi Jaxon, and the Markos Sisters, will be Seattle’s very own drag superstar BenDeLaCreme.
“I met her once,” she tells me, “and that was enough. Just kidding!”
Bunny has had a long running career, and has seen much success. One of her biggest accomplishments was the organization of Wigstock, a drag festival that ran for two decades in New York. The festival grew from the hundreds of people gathered in front of the Thompkins Square Park bandshell in 1985, to tens of thousands celebrating on the Christopher Street pier in the early 2000’s. It was a celebration of drag, music, and being gay, and it was amazing. Watching Dina Martina tear through The Devil Went Down to Georgia like a drunken tornado still cracks me up every time I watch it.
“Dina is incredible,” Bunny agrees. “She’s probably the most original drag performer that I know of working today.”
“And also, probably the prettiest in Seattle,” she kids. “She has a look that pretty much represents the Northwest in my opinion.”
Dina’s performance came a little later in Wigstock’s history, though, and was part of the 1995 documentary “Wigstock: The Movie”. The festival was far different at first.
FRIDAY NIGHT: SPINNING AT HOTEL ZAZA IN HOUSTON.
SATURDAY: PERFORMING AT BLAKE'S IN ATLANTA!