Pride Month Continues with Drag Queens!
On June 27, 1969 and into June 28 at midnight, the NYC police entered the Stonewall Inn which was tightly packed that hot summer night. They had been harrassing the clientele before but this time was different. The night before, the police conducted a raid, arresting employees and taking away the Inn’s illegal stash of liquor. Now they were back. This time, arresting now only the regular patrons but targeting the drag queens and cross-dressing clientele because “masquerading” as a member of the opposite sex was a crime. The objective was to shutdown the Stonewall Inn permanently.
Instead, as we all know, the crowd erupted into a riot. Accounts differ over what exactly started it. Some say it was a drag queen who threw the first punch after the ” police roughed up a woman dressed in masculine attire (believed to be lesbian activist Stormé DeLarverie)”. Others say it was a cross dressing person of color. Either way, history was made that night and the fight for LGBT rights flew into the spotlight and into motion.
Drag Queens (and drag culture) …those fierce, wonderful, gorgeous magnificent forces to be reckoned with are present everywhere now. From fiction to tv to Broadway! From it being a crime to be fabulous and yourself in 1969 to being celebrated on the popular RuPaul’s Drag Race to appearing on Broadway in the terrific show “Cher” and everything in between, Drag Queens in every shape and variety are helping others and LGBTQIA rights move forward just as they did all those years ago.
Now I’m a huge fan of this show. I love seeing all the different expressions of Drag that the Queens reveal each season. Some are traditional some are extreme, some fall in between comedy and sultry. But all are showing us something amazing, something so wonderful and brave about themselves. Their stories are often as fierce as they are. And heartbreaking as well.
Love Drag Queens? Check to see if you have local drag shows to support or if any of your favorite drag queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race is coming to town in a show! Or check out some of these links below:
I love to read about them in my M/M fiction too.
Some of my favorite stories feature or include drag queens. I mean how do you not love Arthur from John Inman’s The Belladonna Arms series? He’s the heart of the series and that apartment building!
So yes, you know what I’m leading up to . Drag Queen M/M Recommendations!
Here are some of mine.
Drag Queen M/M Recommendations
The Belladonna Arms (5 books)by John Inman
Bad Dogs and Drag Queens (Rose and Thorne #1) by Julie Lynn Hayes
Kev Series by Liam Livings (from Suze)
Freak (The F-Word 2) by E. Davies (all recs from HB)
A Dirty Drag Collection (Dirty Drag 1, 2, 3) by Kyle Adams
What The Lady Wants by D.C. Juris
Sylver and Steele series by Mimi Riser
Le Jazz Hot by Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid
Appearing Nightly (Icon Men 2) by Cat Grant
Max & Skyler Series by Acer Adamson
Dressed to Thrill by Kimberly Gardner
Rayne’s Wild Ride by Jambrea Jo Jones
Leather+Lace (Opposites Attract 2) by A.B. Gayle
Embraced in Gold by T.A. Chase (also know by these titles Embrace My Reflection/ Bring Him Gold)
Lucky Starflowers (Steel City 5) by Kate Pavelle
Hearts and Flour by Tara Lain
Finally Fallen (The Dark Angels 3) by Z. Allora
A King’s Ransom by Aislinn Kerry
My Girl (Captivated Lovers 3) by Stormy Glenn
Chyna Doll (Horizons 4) by Mickie B. Ashling
Lola Dances by Victor J. Banis — no longer on MLR, but can get a paperback from Amazon and BnN
I know I have left out so many stories. Please help me fill in that list. Send me the books and stories I’ve left out and lets see those drag queens represented!
Books on Stonewall: Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution, by David Carter
And just in case you missed it from last week, here is the updated list of our
M/M Hockey Recommendations:
The Harrisburg Railers Series by RJ Scott and VL Locey
Owatonna U Hockey Series by RJ Scott and VL Locey (3 books)
Cayuga Cougars series by VL Locey
Thank you, HB, for the additions to our hockey recs!
Special Note: Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is looking for Reviewers! We are looking for reviewers for our blog. If you love to read or listen to LGBT stories and share your thoughts about them with others, consider reviewing with Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words. Please send all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you. We are very flexible about how many reviews each reviewer takes on. That’s entirely up to each reviewer’s own schedule.
And now onto our week ahead.
This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Sunday, June 16:
- BLOG TOUR Melting For You by A.M. Arthur
- Pride Month Continues! This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Monday, June 17:
- Review Tour – Garrett Leigh – Kiss Me Again
- RELEASE BLITZ Change of Heart by KM Neuhold
- PROMO Ashlyn Kane on Fake Dating the Prince
- An Alisa Review : Kiss Me Again by Garrett Leigh
- A Stella Review: Melting For You (Neighborhood Shindig #1) by A.M. Arthur
- A MelanieM Review: Tales of Bryant (Tales Of Bryant #1) by V.L. Locey
Tuesday, June 18:
- RELEASE BLITZ Waited So Long by JM Dabney
- Release Blitz – Afflicted to the Core (Wielder World, Book 3) by Nat Kennedy
- Book Blast with Reviews – NoX by Adrienne Wilder
- A MelanieM Release Day Review: Fake Dating the Prince by Ashlyn Kane
- A MelanieM Review: NoX by Adrienne Wilder
Wednesday, June 19:
- Review Tour – Nine Small Sips (A Tales Of Bryant Park #2) by V.L. Locey
- Release Blitz – Who We Used to Be (Do-Over Series, Book 1) by Dara Nelson
- A MelanieM Review: Nine Small Sips (A Tales Of Bryant Park #2) by V.L. Locey
- An Alisa Review: Eeli (Brotherhood of Ormarr #3) by Steph Marie and Bobbie Rayne
Thursday, June 20:
- Release Blitz Tour – Jay Northcote – Nothing Special
- Release Blitz – K.A. Merikan – Their Obsession (Four Mercenaries #2)
- PROMO Andrew Grey
- An Alisa Audio Review: Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote and Michael Pauley (Narrator)
- A Stella Review:Close to Home (Sawyer’s Ferry #4) by Cate Ashwood
Friday, June 21:
- Review Tour for Single (Single Dads #1) by R.J. Scott
- Release Blitz Signal Tour – – A Foreign Country (Mr & Mr Detective Story #2) by Alex Jane
- Release Blitz Impossible Things by Beth Bolden
- A MelanieM Review: Killer Reunion (Donald Strachey Mystery #16) by Richard Stevenson
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review :Single (Single Dads #1) by R.J. Scott
Saturday, June 22:
- Release Blitz for – Beyond The Curtain – TL Travis
- A MelanieM Review:Love in Every Season by Charlie Cochrane