TurnAbout, created in San Francisco in 1965, was created as a way for the male presenting members of IRSCDE to have a chance to imitate, and show appreciation for, their female impersonator counterparts. As they say, the sincerest form of flattery is imitation.
While TurnAbout began, and still is, a night of campy fun and drinks it has also grown to include the LGBTQ+ community at large. Under those stage lights, and with a face beat for the gods some have even found a home! Performers such as our current Ms. Las Vegas PRIDE, Midori Ice, who still remembers her first time on stage fondly. “I never thought I would ever do drag until I was transformed…totally amazing!” Midori has said. Brock Allen, current Parliamentarian, performed in Turn-About 2019 and describes the experience as terrifying, but one of the most liberating experiences!
Drag Queens and Kings have been an integral part of the LGBTQ+ community for many years. From protesting at Stonewall to being a mentor to others our Queens and Kings don’t always get the appreciation they deserve.
TurnAbout is a chance for everyone to come together and show the members of our Drag community that they are seen, and we are willing to walk a mile in their shoes. Well, in this case pumps and stilettos!