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!