Absolut OUTrageous, Drag Queens, and Legendary Queens I Never Thought I’d Meet

Raja Gemini by Jeffrey James Keyes

I’ve always been fascinated with drag queens.  I’m not sure if it’s the confidence, quick wit, makeup, sassy dresses, or high heels but they’ve been a longtime obsession of mine.  I want to learn from them, listen to them, surround myself with fabulous queens.  RuPaul has done an amazing thing over the past few years.  Through the popular television show, RuPaul’s Drag Race, we’ve been able to experience some of the most talented and polished drag personalities at their best (and candidly, off their rockers).

Over the past two years I have been lucky enough to work closely with SPI Marketing and Absolut Vodka, one of the main sponsors of LOGO’s RuPaul’s Drag Race.  I’ve shared pink cotton candy with Jiggly Caliente, kvetched with the late great Sahara Davenport bar-side in Philadelphia, sashayed to Fire Island with Latrice Royale and Raja Gemini, bar-hopped with Raven at Virginia Pride in Richmond, and checked out beefy jocks at New York City’s Boxer’s Sport Bar with Manila Luzon and Milan in New York City.  Everywhere we’ve been Absolut Vodka is there with their sassy glow in the dark cocktail stirrers, light up cups, and cute representatives.   Absolut Vodka has been celebrating 30 years of going out and coming out in the LGBT community with their Absolut OUTrageous campaign in bars, clubs, and special event this past year.  Absolut Vodka has supported LGBT charities, bars, and clubs, community centers, pride parades, and media outlets since 1981 when they placed one of the first national ads in The Advocate.  I feel blessed and lucky to have attended several events and parties Absolut has thrown for their OUTrageous campaign he past year.  Sure, there are always cute boys…but it’s thrilling to be up close and personal with some of the most prominent and up and coming drag queens on the scene.   Here are a few of my favorite snaps with backstage glimpses of the legendary and up and coming queens of the night.



Latrice Royale by Jeffrey James KeyesAlexis Mateo by Jeffrey James Keyes

JuJuBee by Jeffrey James Keyes

Manila Luzon and Sahara Davenport by Jeffrey James Keyes

Milan by Jeffrey James Keyes

Shangela by Jeffrey James Keyes

Tyra Sanchez by Jeffrey James Keyes

Jessica Wild by Jeffrey James Keyes

Willam by by Jeffrey James Keyes

Philly Drag Race by Jeffrey James Keyes

Brooke Lynn and company by Jeffrey James Keyes

Ongeina by Jeffrey James KeyesAlaska Thunderfuck by Jeffrey James Keyes

Sharon Needles and PhiPhi OHara by Jeffrey James KeyesAbsolut Tune by Jeffrey James KeyesSabel by Jeffrey James Keyes

by Jeffrey James Keyes

Marti Gould Cummings by Jeffrey James Keyes

Boxers New York by Jeffrey James Keyes