<font size="3"> BEST DRAG BAR </font>

WINNER:

Lips

You know what kind of people like to see men in drag lip-syncing to pop diva hits? Straight people, that's who. You can't swing a feather boa without hitting a breeder at Lips. We're guessing it's because the show isn't that old-school-taking-itself-too-seriously drag, but rather a high-energy laugh riot perfect for bridesmaids, birthdays, office celebrations and brunch (yup, Sunday morning with gospel music). And the spotlight isn't the only place for cross-dressing: The waiters are faux femme fatales, as well.

1421 E Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park, 954-567-0987
www.floridalips.com
(pictured)

FINALISTS:

The Manor
2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, 954-626-0082
www.themanorcomplex.com

The Palace
1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-531-7234
www.palacesouthbeach.com

Bill's Filling Station
2209 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, 954-567-5978
www.billsfillingstation.com
(Courtesy / October 29, 2012)

So how do real women feel about faux females?

Do they think of female impersonators the way black people feel about minstrels shows?

Well, if the ladies enjoying the drag show (and the audience made up for the lack of estrogen onstage) at Lips supper club in Oakland Park the other night when I was there for a friend's birthday party are any indication, they're too busy hooping and hollering approval to bother with such distinctions.

After all, transvestism has a long and deeply-loved entertainment legacy and in a way, isn't it really about men donning the trappings of women as a power play? And don they do. You never seen such donning. They should all be called Donna...instead of Diva, Twat Larue, Martina Sky, Velvet Lenore and Deja Devonier.


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Actually, with names like that I'm not sure "female impersonator" is really pinpoint accurate. They're not really trying to "pass" as women as much as exaggerate the look of women. The fashion isn't female. It's drag.

Me? I love drag races although I don't have any compulsion to be the low-life in high heels I'm sure I could be. But singer/reality TV star RuPaul, comedian Dame Edna Everage, pornographer Chi Chi LaRue, the late actor Divine and the entire cast of La Cage Aux Folles - these are my heroes. At an award ceremony for Arnold Scaasi years ago, I once saw Barbara Bush tell a drag queen where to get the best pearl necklaces. I swear. Click here if you don't believe me. I always liked her after that.

Oh, and sorry for the Shroud of Turin-esque photos but drag queens in full bloom NEVER stand still for even a micro-second and it was all a bit much for my cell phone's image-capturing abilities. But check out the videos I shot below...totally worth it.