The NYC drag queen guide

The best drag queens in the world call NYC home. See legendary divas at drag shows and LGBTQ nightlife events in NYC.

Photograph: Courtesy David Laffe

Whether they’re holding court at dance clubs, performing at cabaret spaces or ruling Gay Pride, Drag Queens offer everything from impeccable lip syncs to vicious crowd work (often as part of the same act). These days, thanks in large part to RuPaul’s Drag Race, queens are like celebrities, jumping from the tiny stages at local dives to the national spotlight. NYC is a beacon for these stars, including those—like Lady Bunny, Bianca Del Rio and Sherry Vine—who have built their careers here, and out-of-town favorites like Willam and Alaska Thunderfuck who swing into town to launch albums, perform solo shows and more. And the city’s drag scene continues to grow and thrive thanks to a new breed of queen taking over Brooklyn with sexy, scary and (sometimes) hairy performers holding court at festivals like Bushwig. So whether you’re looking to catch a megastar from your favorite gay TV show or a boundary-pushing performance artist, NYC’s drag queen contingent has got you covered.

NYC drag queen guide

The best New York City drag queens
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The best New York City drag queens

Bow down and worship as we run down the most fabulous, hilarious, and sickening drag queens to call NYC home

Meet the cutting-edge performers changing NYC drag
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Meet the cutting-edge performers changing NYC drag

Get to know the gender-bending artists redefining drag as we know it—right here in the art form’s HQ

The state of NYC drag, according to two dope queens
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The state of NYC drag, according to two dope queens

We brought together two stars—one pioneering vet and one white newbie—to survey the city’s changing drag landscape

We asked NYC drag queens to tell us some of the most outrageous things they've seen on the job
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We asked NYC drag queens to tell us some of the most outrageous things they've seen on the job

We asked some of our favorite drag artists to share some truly sickening memories from over the years

Feast your eyes on these images from RuPaul's DragCon NYC
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Feast your eyes on these images from RuPaul's DragCon NYC

Elyssa Goodman was at the convention to capture the extravaganza

Bob the Drag Queen on her year as America’s Next Drag Superstar
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Bob the Drag Queen on her year as America’s Next Drag Superstar

The RuPaul’s Drag Race season eight winner shares her very honest opinions on Trump, season nine and getting arrested

Rupaul’s Drag Race queen Alyssa Edwards spills the T
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Rupaul’s Drag Race queen Alyssa Edwards spills the T

Rupaul’s Drag Race fan-favorite Alyssa Edwards talks All Stars, drag inspiration and her craziest gigs

Meet the NYC queens of Rupaul’s Drag Race season 9
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Meet the NYC queens of Rupaul’s Drag Race season 9

Aja. Alexis Michelle. Peppermint. Sasha Velour. Get to know the NYC queens before they dominate Drag Race season 9.

Crimson Kitty invades the drag boys' club
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Crimson Kitty invades the drag boys' club

Girlie drag doesn't have to be an all-male sport; local star Crimson Kitty is shaking up the queendom

Alaska Thunderfuck talks about her new album and RuPaul’s Drag Race
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Alaska Thunderfuck talks about her new album and RuPaul’s Drag Race

The sweet-natured comedy queen has a brilliant new album and a lot of opinions on the best way to talk to a drag star

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Bushwig at Secret Project Robot
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