Drag queens surge back in Vancouver

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It’s nearly show time at the Cobalt and Valynne Vile is “bloody nervous.”

This will be her first time performing in drag, ever.

Performing is a scary thought. There’s a saying in Vancouver that when a drag queen screws up, you don’t hear an awkward silence – you hear gunshots being fired.

Not only is Valynne performing on stage for the first time, she is also competing against 13 other drag kings and queens in the second annual Mr. or Miss Cobalt Drag Competition in this preliminary round.

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The VanDolls: behind the pasties (Video)

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Two years ago, seven women founded the VanDolls after taking a becoming burlesque course. Burlesque has now become the perfect way to express their feminism and develop their inner creativity.

Co-produced with Carlos Tello