📸 Drag starlets deliver showstoppers at Jose Sarria Pageant

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Linda Recessionista channels Bette Midler in a wildly theatrical performance at the Jose Sarria Drag Pageant in West Hollywood. (5/22/2024)

Pickle packed a punch at West Hollywood’s second annual Jose Sarria Drag Pageant on Wednesday evening at the Aquatics & Recreation Center terrace, which ushered in the start of Pride celebrations in the city.  

WeHo’s first Drag Laureate showed her stage savvy and comic timing as host of the event, which featured a streamlined set of contestants than last year’s, which made for a smoother, more dynamic program.

@wehoonline Queen Angelina performs #selena’s #NoMeQuedaMas in #weho #wehopride ♬ original sound – WehoOnline

This year’s crown was awarded to Queen Angelina, who sang a brilliant version of Selena’s “No Me Queda Mas” in a gender binary half-mariachi/half-folklorico costume before delivering a rendition of “I Will Always Love You” on violin.

The entire lineup of contestants displayed a diverse and high-quality range of talents, including acrobatics, comedy and musical performance.

The event was co-sponsored by the Imperial Court and Los Angeles County Supervisor Lindsey P. Horvath, Third District. The pageant honors José Sarria, the first openly gay person to run for office in the United States. Sarria, known in the drag community as the Widow Norton, was instrumental in paving the way for Harvey Milk’s historic run for office. He also founded the Imperial Court System, one of the oldest and largest LGBT organizations worldwide.

@wehoonlineDrag starlets deliver showstoppers at Jose Sarria Pageant in #WeHo♬ original sound – WehoOnline

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Jerome Cleary
Jerome Cleary
24 days ago

Luv

John Smith
John Smith
24 days ago

What is this?

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
24 days ago
Reply to  John Smith

Can you read?

voting
voting
24 days ago

Creepy guy in the photo. Does he think so little of women to. portray himself this way?

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
25 days ago

Uh oh, the MAGA comment horde is going to be triggered!

BloodshotEyedGuy
BloodshotEyedGuy
24 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Is Mr. T still living in your cabeza rent free? Must be lots of available room. I’m gay and don’t care for drag, and some of it looks like Twisted Sister (my fave band), but I’ve been to drag shows and supported that scene years before it became vogue (strike a pose) to do so, because I believe in supporting the arts and community regardless of the fact I am a gay man that personally prefers Megadeth over Mariah. And I’m proudly voting for Trump. Just because some gay men are not walking stereotypes doesn’t mean they need your bitter… Read more »

Last edited 24 days ago by BloodshotEyedGuy
JF1
JF1
24 days ago

👏 I wish there was more tolerance amongst the guys whose whole identity revolves around being gay. God forbid that some gay doesn’t toe the line and dares to have a different like outside the “gay norm.” I see you, I hear you. Rock on!

BloodshotEyedGuy
BloodshotEyedGuy
22 days ago
Reply to  JF1

Thanks! I appreciate what you said.

Jeff
Jeff
23 days ago

Very well said! One of my gay punk friends compared the current drag scene to the ska scene of the late 90s where there were two good bands (No Doubt and The Bosstones) but every kid that played a horn in middle school band suddenly thought they were a rockstar. Now every gay guy that put on a dress once suddenly thinks they’re a talented drag queen.

BloodshotEyedGuy
BloodshotEyedGuy
22 days ago
Reply to  Jeff

Thank you! Much appreciated.

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