Staten Island Pride Parade and Festival goes under the big top on June 6 – by Ben Johnson – Staten Island AWE

Staten Island, N.Y. — Anson Reign is fighting for equality — drag equality.

“Three years ago, there was about two of us. Now you can’t throw a rock without hitting a drag king,” says Reign, aka 28-year-old Dana Cianciotto, a former Staten Islander who now performs on the regular in her hometown of Phoenix. “It was really difficult at first to get bookings, and there were queens that didn’t want to book a king because they didn’t think we’d be any good. You have to kind of fight for it and prove yourself, but it’s worth it.”