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Amazing Drag Performers In San Francisco

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Updated: 30 September 2016
Back in medieval times, women were banned from performing on a stage, so men played all the female roles. Today, drag performances are considered not only art but also an homage to great actresses and eras. Dive into the world of extraordinary performances and exceptional theatrical skills, singing, and unique fashion sense with this list of our favorite drag performers in San Francisco.

Ruby Blue ~ GenderBender

Ruby Blue has been on a stage her whole life. She appears to bless the audience with her grace in an aristocratic manner. Her devotion to the audience is so empowering and irresistible. If you want to see Ruby and friends, visit the Stud Bar on Tuesdays as this is where you can see her amazing performance.

Shane Zal-Diva

Seeing Shane Zal-Diva on a stage combining elements of drama and comedy plus dance moves is something you have to experience. Stud Bar became her main stage, but occasionally, you have an opportunity to see her at Balançoire.

And on to the show

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LaReese Caine

LaReese Caine doesn’t make an immediate appearance in her show; instead, she teases the audience in a manner of ‘adagio di molto.’ The performance has a hidden message; it’s a reflection of personal struggles she experienced and how she managed to use them as armor. Joan D’Arc in the modern age – she is not afraid of fire, as she is the fire. She can be seen in Stud Bar, DNA Lounge and other venues in San Francisco.


She is the reigning ButchQueen 2016. Cyanide brings a divergent view on drag performance. Bearded drag performers are quite new, and this form of art is only now taking its big steps forward. Elements of the occult, symbolism, history and geometry transform her into a creature of the night. She can be seen on the stages of Club Something, Comfort & Joy, and in the drag girl group ‘Spice Queers.’

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Effervescence Jackson

The iconic movie To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar has inspired many future drag performers. Wesley Snipes’s outstanding performance and transformation into Noxeema Jackson influenced Effervescence; she even took her last name. She brings back to life historical figures, using her exquisite talent as a tool to teach the audience something from a perspective they may not have entertained before. She performs at the Stud, Midnight Sun and Monster Show.