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VICE: "America's Oldest Drag Queen Is Still Kicking Ass"

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the world’s oldest drag queen

the world’s oldest drag queen

Far more than Portland’s defining queer icon, Darcelle XV Showplace is considered the longest-running drag revue in the country, and its host, Darcelle XV, holds the Guinness World Record for oldest-performing drag queen. This profile for VICE was one of the first national stories on this locally famed octogenarian star. I spent several days at the showplace getting to know the man beneath the boisterous blonde wig — chatting with Darcelle and her contemporaries, poring over archival photos, and unraveling her history from the pre-Stonewall era through to today.

 "America's Oldest and Longest Performing Drag Queen Is Still Kicking Ass" was published in VICE on Aug. 2, 2016.   Read the entire feature  here . And see more of my VICE writing  here . 

"America's Oldest and Longest Performing Drag Queen Is Still Kicking Ass" was published in VICE on Aug. 2, 2016.

Read the entire feature here. And see more of my VICE writing here