June 21, 2019–September 8, 2019

As a new part of the groundbreaking exhibition, LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles + Triumphs, the San Diego History Center will shine the spotlight on the performance art of drag in San Diego.

Long before San Diego born and raised RuPaul became an international star and household name, drag queens have used sartorial flair and performance skills to raise money for San Diego charities, including AIDS organizations, scholarships for needy youth, Christmas Toys for Kids drive and a winter blanket drive for the homeless in San Diego and Tijuana.

Curated by Dr. Lillian Faderman, and in collaboration with the Imperial Court de San Diego, one of the oldest LGBTQ organizations in the region, the exhibition will feature elaborate, glittering costumes and personal stories of struggles and triumphs of eight leading “drag queens” who have made their name not only locally but nationally. San Diego’s First Lady Katherine Faulconer, wife of San Diego’s mayor, will be the Honorary Chair of the exhibition.