Dressing To Go Out, Drag vs Fab.

We wrote a post a few weeks ago about LGBT night life in Morgantown, and wanted to expand on that subject to bring exposure to a subject some may not know about.


Source: Arizona T Cummings

Personally, my first time seeing a drag queen in Morgantown, I was 18-years-old. I was scared, nervous, and excited all at the same time. I didn’t expect my first time going out to be on a stage watching a queen tell me I had “straight girl flip flops.” I was watching a man, dressed as a woman, dancing flawlessly around the stage to Lady Gaga’s Just Dance.

There are many myths and assumptions about drag queens in Appalachia because there isn’t a vibrant gay culture at the tip of the Bible belt. Morgantown drag queens aren’t much different than other drag queens across the world, but once you get to know them, they become family.

Most other clubs have live bands, DJ’s and performances while Vice Versa showcases drag queens and strippers.


Vice Versa has their regular performers like the vixens and also showcases a variety of performers from other places on occasion.


Dressing to go out takes effort. Growing up watching shows like Jersey Shore, Millennials were given an expectation of what to where when they go out.This show, like many other shows will all straight characters, never really dive into gay culture night life. We spend hours watching youtube makeup tutorials, judging each other on Instagram, and deciding who wore it best in daily snapchats. This culture of attractive competition makes the entire mating process that much more difficult. Some of us, like drag queens, dress to impress, and just to have fun although, drag queens do perform for for fun, just like on Ru Paul’s Drag Race.


Thankfully, videos like this one, show us just exactly what drag queens go through when they get ready for a night of going out. From gluing eyebrows to lip liner and wigs, drag queens go through more than a regular bar or club goer. Most of us take the necessary time to grab a button up or put on on our favorite black dress, but for drag queens, the process might be just a little more than what some of us are use to. This process takes dedication and should be a respected art.

Take a look at a night in the life of some drag queens at Vice Versa in Morgantown.

*Warning* Video contains foul language and some explicit content.

One of the main differences in Morgantown drag queens vs. going to see a show in New York or Washington. D.C. is the price it costs to see them and their availability for pictures. In Morgantown the cover varies from no cover on Thursdays to a possible $7 cover for 18-20-year-olds on Saturdays.

This gay club in Washington D.C. charges on average anywhere from $10-15 to see shows.

Seeing a show in a small place nestled in Appalachia can be just as fun as seeing a professional from Ru Paul. Morgantown’s gay bar makes it seem like a family atmosphere and the queens are always down for a picture to commemorate your experience!





2 thoughts on “Dressing To Go Out, Drag vs Fab.

  1. mglamastro

    Hi, Haley!

    Interesting post– this topic certainly is not talked about a lot at all. You made some really great points, though.

    One thing that stood out to me is how new media (versus old media) has changed the way both heterosexuals and the LGBT community get ready for a night out. Growing up, like you stated, we relied on reality television to teach us how to get ready; I personally was also (and still am) into reading beauty/fashion magazines, as well. Now, there are blogs, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc. to help us, in addition to a younger generation, get ready. We can take the millions of ideas from these new media platforms, find what works and what doesn’t work for us, and put our own twist on it. When you think about it, new media has really changed the entire getting ready process.

    As a straight woman, I know that getting ready is more than just putting on makeup or straightening my hair– it is a time to get together with my close girl friends, chit chat, share products, etc. So, although there may not be too many drag queens in the Morgantown area (when compared to other parts of the country), hopefully they still feel this sense of community through new and social media.




  2. I love this post and the comparison of drag queens in Morgantown vs larger cities like D.C. and I enjoyed hearing about your first experience seeing a drag queen because it can be a new and exciting, but also a little uncomfortable for some that have never met a queen.I also enjoyed your point to focus on how people use jersey shore club attire as examples of the normal clothes to wear out, but for drag queens its so much more work and it means so much more for them.


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