The Queens are Quarreling

Executive Director of PhillyGayCalendar

The Queens are Quarreling again. I’ll be honest, I have no idea who’s throwing shade at who this week, but it seems someone’s tuck is too tight. So I think it’s time for another “open letter” format article sharing some opinions that you don’t have to take to heart. On a mildly related note, I thank you all for starting your shows just a bit earlier than you used to, trust me it’s appreciated by many. 

Before we get to the meat of this article let’s recap what I’ve experienced over my last four years in the spectator seat. When I first got to Philly, bright eyed and STD Free (calm yourself, I'm still that way :P) I was excited to partake in everything gay. Pride, nightclubs, bars, sports, street fairs, networking, and most importantly, nightlife entertainment. I wanted the grit, the dirt, the women and men that left their heart on the stage every night, and I got it!  My “event” calendar was manageable, I had a set schedule that offered me a blend of burlesque, singing, and drag. I also had time for the gym and to try a new bar here and there, life was good. Then it all changed about a year ago.  

I’ll be honest, I’m overwhelmed. I’ve got a self-diagnosed case of FOMO and over the last year it’s gotten worse. In short, there are just too many shows. We’ve all heard "variety is the spice of life," but at some point, there’s too much variety and we get hit with sensory overload. I try my absolute hardest to never miss a show, but when the shows are starting to occur simultaneously… I get it, everyone’s gotta make a dollar, but you’re splitting your audience and at the end of the day you’ve got two shows with 20 guests rather than one show with 40. I’m sure being in face is fun, and being #TeamBooked is great, but I prefer shows with thought out themes, put together group numbers and team-work. I also would pay more, and tip more at shows with structure and cohesion.  

Brooklyn Ford recently posted a facebook status suggesting a group dinner. I think it’s a great idea, you ladies have the ability to create a strong drag scene. One with communication and coordination. You’re all big boys (girls?) you’ve come this far in life which means you’ve all got it in you to take things to a new level. Side note, please hire a photographer for this dinner and take one large last supper dinner style photo… and if you’re already planning your “Jesus” look to stand in the center of this proposed photo, you didn’t get the gist of this article, go back to the top and start again.

UPDATE: Read Queens Quest to Quench

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