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Local Queens and Drag Entertainment Stays Strong in the Capital District.

Matthew C. Woodruff
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Any local familiar with the Albany/Schenectady/Troy LGBTQ community and its offerings know who Carmie Hope, Frieda Munchon and Ms. Honey are. These local queens have been performing professional Drag entertainment for, well I won’t say decades, bless their hearts, but as long as I can remember anyway.

As scared conservatives across the country run to hide under the covers of intolerance, hate and misinformation, banning public Drag shows and railing against ‘Drag Story Hours’ in public libraries, these Queens continue to put up the good fight.

Carmie Hope just announced on Facebook a new three-show tour crisscrossing the Capital District for April.

On April 15th, Carmie, Ms. Honey and some friends will be performing a new show at the Clinton Street Pub titled, “Spring Has Sprung Up Divas.”

April 16th will find Frieda and Carmie and other Queens at Donnie Magoos in Cohoes for the show, “Spring Fling II.”

And finally in their tour de force, Carmie and Frieda “The Sexiest Duo”, will be performing for the first time at the V.I.P. Lounge in the Albany Armory their cabaret, “Whoredurves and Topless” on April 20th.

At a time when Drag Queens and Proud Boys are fighting in the streets, it is good to know that the Capital District’s Queens continue to carry on unabated by the hate and ridiculousness that is plaguing the rest of the country. Drag has been a mainstay of entertainment in America for a hundred years. Drag entertainment is merely part of the fabulous, progressive and life-affirming ‘Gay Culture’- men dressing up, usually outlandishly, as women and lip-syncing to popular songs.

Drag is an art form that purposely and directly embraces and empowers difference.

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Matthew is an independent journalist, an internationally award-winning author best known for Dark Humor/Lite Horror/Supernatural short stories, as well as an ordained minister who served as a domestic missionary. He is a lover of the unusual, travel, cats and the spark that makes people tick. Matthew is based in Florida, USA.

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