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Dust your heels off for International Drag Day

Tue 13 Jul 2010 In: New Zealand Daily News

If you feel like your life is a bit of a drag at the moment, the hosts at Auckland's Dot's Bar believe they have the perfect thing to cheer you up: drag. Peter Taylor and Rodney Coleman are holding International Drag Day celebrations at their Symonds St bar this Friday night, an event they decided to mark after stumbling across it on the internet. "It seems that this is the second year they are organising an international recognition of the genre that has entertained so many around the world," says Taylor. Among the performers will be the Glitter Monsters, a boy troupe of dancers who are looking for a place to perform several shows they have choreographed. "They are new and fit the drag image," Taylor says. "It is not only about feathers and big boobs, but about any drag the wearer may don to portray their ultimate alter-ego." Taylor and Coleman concede the party is an excuse to give Aucklanders and visitors to the city an opportunity to dust off their favourite outfit and be fabulous, while celebrating being fabulous. "I always thought of Drag Queens as the High Priestesses of Gaydom, the bearers of wit, the carriers of clever news and quips," he says. Taylor says International Drag Day is about 'not postponing joy' in a time of hardship. "Entertainment and drag are an opportunity to escape the reality of the recession for an evening of laughter, food for the soul and fun - to keep away the blues," he says. "It is also an opportunity to let go of the end of the working week and sleep in on Saturday morning!"    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 13th July 2010 - 6:46pm

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