Spring’s New Fling

StyleWeekly.com – by Amy Biegelsen

Post Proposition 8, six months after a historic election, Richmond’s gay community slowly comes out of the closet.

Only a third of the 22 drag shows scheduled have come to pass. Music and cigarette smoke spill out of the Renaissance Conference Center’s packed ballroom, where guests wind their way through banquet tables to the end of the catwalk. They dole out singles for the flashy dresses filled out with fake tits, while painted lips move in sync with classics from the gay canon: Bananarama, Sonny and Cher, hits from the musical “Rent.”