In the film Female Trouble the drag queen Divine screamed “Who wants to die for art?”
Nowadays the answer would be “We all do! But first let’s take a selfie.”
By breaking all the rules, Divine ushered in the concept of the modern drag queen built on rebellion. Drag used to focus on female impersonation but Divine took it in a whole new direction that’s still being celebrated.
Sadly, 30 years ago today, Glenn Harris Milstead aka Divine passed away just as he was about film her breakthrough television role on Married with Children.
Today Peaches Christ, joins us to take a look at the life and legacy of America’s first drag superstar- Divine. And why drag queens who came of age at the time of RuPaul and Lady Bunny were more interested in being rebels than passing as beautiful women.
➤ Peaches Christ talks about her sister BenDeLaChrist’s controversial move on Drag Race All-Stars 3.
➤ Peaches’ upcoming show in Chicago with her gal pal Mink Stole “Idol Worship” coming to Hamburger Mary’s in Chicago in April, don’t miss it!