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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.

Sasha Velour
Photograph: Tawni Bannister

It's no surprise to us that the current golden age of drag starts right in NYC. RuPaul's Drag Race icons like Sasha Velour and Bob the Drag Queen hang their hats in the city, and the influential Bushwig festival has gone from Bushwick to cities like Berlin, London and Mexico City. We've got everything for you here, from DIY backroom gay bar drag to VIP stage shows. Come through! 

NYC drag queen guide

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

The biggest stars on the Brooklyn drag scene
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The biggest stars on the Brooklyn drag scene

See stunning photos of the queens who’ve been reinventing the art of drag in Kings County

RuPaul’s Drag Race NYC queens—ranked!
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RuPaul’s Drag Race NYC queens—ranked!

We count down the local queens who have sashayed and shantayed on RuPaul’s runway over the past seven seasons

Willam talks about losing Drag Race and winning the Internet
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Willam talks about losing Drag Race and winning the Internet

Los Angeles comedy drag queen Willam is as shameless as he is hilarious

Bianca Del Rio interview: ‘Americans are so lazy; the only thing we download is porn’
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Bianca Del Rio interview: ‘Americans are so lazy; the only thing we download is porn’

The Drag Race winner and beloved local queen offers insight into her extreme displeasure in her first solo comedy show

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Drag Race's Courtney Act talks fall fashion trends and reality TV​
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Drag Race's Courtney Act talks fall fashion trends and reality TV​

So You Think You Can Drag at New World Stages
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So You Think You Can Drag at New World Stages

Queens on Thrones: Drag queens invade NYC bathrooms
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Queens on Thrones: Drag queens invade NYC bathrooms

8 headphone-worthy songs from RuPaul's Drag Race graduates
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8 headphone-worthy songs from RuPaul's Drag Race graduates

LIVE from the NYPL’s spring season will host RuPaul, Per Petterson and more
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LIVE from the NYPL’s spring season will host RuPaul, Per Petterson and more

The ten most eye-catching stars in drag
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The ten most eye-catching stars in drag

Drag Bingo with Murray Hill and Linda Simpson at XL
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Drag Bingo with Murray Hill and Linda Simpson at XL

Bushwig at Secret Project Robot
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Bushwig at Secret Project Robot

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