From Prohibited to Proud: The History of Drag in Denver

These days, Denver hosts drag shows nearly every night, while RuPaul’s Drag Race is making international stars of modern drag queens including Denver's own Yvie Oddly, winner of Season 11 and America's Next Drag Superstar in 2019. Much has changed since 1954, when Denver Ordinance 315 made it illegal for "any member of the male sex" to appear in public "in the dress of the opposite sex."

Denver quit jailing its drag queens in 1973. And there’s so much more to learn about the amazing people and fascinating history of drag in Denver.

In celebration of Pride month, our storytelling team created From Prohibited to Proud: The History of Drag in Denver, which provided Denver's LGBTQ members and drag queens the chance to tell the story of their own community, which has been entertaining Denver crowds for generations in spite of any personal risk.

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