San Francisco's Thriving Drag Scene More Punk Rock than Glam

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Drag queen Scarlett Letter performs on stage during the GX4 Kitty Powers Drag Show. (Brittany Hosea-Small/KQED)

For decades San Francisco has embraced drag performance, while most of America shunned it as perverse. Now, drag is veering into the mainstream with the TV show "RuPaul's Drag Race" earning an Emmy and a recent Fox remake of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." But in San Francisco, drag has remained subversive with a new wave of queens, to whom drag is more like punk performance art than glam dress-up. We'll talk with San Francisco Chronicle style reporter Tony Bravo and local drag queens about the past and present of San Francisco's drag scene.

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SF’s New Wave of Drag Queens Rebel Against Glam


Tony Bravo, style reporter, The San Francisco Chronicle

Adam Lash, performs as Terri Waffle

Jon Louis, performs as The Divine Miss Bovine