Hip Hop’s Queer Pioneers

Check out profiles of Mykki Blanco, Le1f, House of Ladosha and more.  Brought to you courtesy of Details!

House of Ladosha




Fauxnique is a San Fransisco-based faux/bio queen and dancer. Her claim to fame comes from her 2003 win in the annual Miss Trannyshack Pageant, causing a massive uproar within the drag community (Hedda Lettuce is quoted to say that Heklina, the head of Trannyshack, allowing a woman to win the pageant degrades the nature of drag and its history).





She currently has a residency at the deYoung Museum in San Fransisco.


Kinsey Sicks

Kinsey Sicks is a quartet of musicians (who happen to be drag queens) who sing a-capella; their songs, although often humorous and sexually graphic, are often highly politically charged. Formed in 1993 when the four went to a Bette Midler concert in drag and were hired to sing at another patron’s birthday party, the group has performed across the country and had a show in Las Vegas (as well as copyrighting the term Dragapella).


Squeaky Blonde

Squeaky Blonde is a musician and drag queen based in LA who is best known for being a member of the band Tranimal through the early 2000’s. She doesn’t just cover other musicians such as Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, but composes and arranges original works; she tours and is a frequent guest at the monthly Trannyshack in San Francisco and LA. The video above is directed by drag photographer Austin Young.


Armen Ra

Armen Ra is a Persian-American musician, specializing in the first electronic instrument, the Russian-invented theremin. Besides being a successful musician in his own right, he has gained a mass following for his style and look; he often performs in-face, wearing copious amounts of jewelry, and in costume (such as plastic black boleros or even shirtless… not what would be called concert attire…). He is also a prominent nightlife figure, a favorite of the ageless Amanda Lepore.