A night at the New York drag races


Funny how things change. Behaviour that could, not so long ago, have landed you in jail can now get you a showbiz contract. Take men dressing in feminine attire: a lilac-hued striptease of the type offered in 1955 by drag queen Vicki Lynn could, if made public, have resulted in a spell behind bars; today, Bebe Zahara Benet’s fabulousness, as showcased on the breakout reality TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race, which Benet won, yields celebrity and corporate endorsements.

Drag Show Video Vérité will screen on 9 July at Dixon Place in New York as part of the HOT! festival.