About Wesley Flash
Ms. RuPaul Charles–you crafty queen! Though TBT girl, I’d be more upset about your “Final Three” episode last Monday if I wasn’t such a TV top. I took note of your hints from the very beginning of the season with your hashtags for every queen and that visit from Piyah, a longtime transgender YouTube sensation. You fed us teasers on your Facebook page and preached @ us on Twitter, too. Mama, you really know how to reinvent your craft and engage an audience!
Since this season began in January we have gathered as a queer public (often together IRL–hey CastleQueers!) around our TVs and computer screens to watch as 13 hopeful queens chock full of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent competed for the only crown of its kind today. We lived for Jiggly Caliente, we died at Milan’s floor mop, we’re still wondering what the hell Willam did to get kicked off the show (talk about a plot twist!) and–f’real ya’ll–we cried with Latrice when she was asked to sashay away too soon. With witchy crowd favorite Sharon Needles, “professional” female impersonator Chad Michaels, and driven youngster Phi Phi O’Hara now in the running for the top slot, we can’t wait to see who takes home the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar,” in addition to that free vacation, a lifetime supply of NYX cosmetics, and a cash prize of $100,000!
Now that your gay-hangover has subsided and a new month has begun, let’s honor the culmination of June’s month-o-pride on the eve of a very cantankerous cancer eclipse. As your resident homo-history nerd I thought it best we take a moment to reflect on some historical and more recent radical demonstrations of resistance in order to remember our offline roots as rabble-rousin’ misfits just trying to live more open and queer lives.
We all know the fateful story of how pride celegaytions came to be, yes?