Twisted Trannys Return: Drag show returns to State Street

Mallory McQueen performs Miley Cyrus’ song “We Can’t Stop” during the Twisted Trannys Back to School Bash on Saturday night. The event was also an audition for a new member of the Twisted Trannys at Vinos in Bowling Green. 

Casey Downey

State Street brought back sexuality and glamor once again, which had been lost since the drag shows of Ellis Place. Vino’s came alive Saturday night as the “Twisted Trannys” returned.

When a Herald reporter spoke with Nashville senior Simone Lampkin, also known as Sammie Luvv, last October, she feared for the future of drag performances in Bowling Green.

The shows relocated to The Twisted Tap and were very successful until the bar closed in April. With the help of Vino’s, the artists have a venue in Bowling Green once again.

Working as a show director with Adam Dobson, also known as Mallory McQueen, Lampkin spends a lot of time organizing shows and filling in as an emcee.

“I need all my first-timers to get on the floor!” Lampkin announced at the show, while Juvenile’s “Back That Thang Up” started to play.

“Sammie is definitely more suave than Simone, Simone is kind of clumsy sometimes,” Lampkin said. “Sammie is very smooth — likes to get straight to the point. He loves to make sure people are having a good time; definitely a people-pleaser.”

The auditions to become one of the “Twisted Trannys” began around 11 p.m. and Glasgow junior Elizabeth “Eb” Mckinney, aka Monroe Fitzgerald, neared the stage. Her mesmerizing mohawk, styled by Dobson, had garnered her much attention prior to the show.

Mckinney performed a whimsical dance set to Katy Perry’s single, “Roar.”

“Anyone willing to dedicate themselves to the task of creating and maintaining a character can and should give it a try,” Mckinney said.

As the clock neared midnight, tension filled the room. The amateurs had performed for the first hour and the veterans were about to take the stage. Miley Cyrus blared through the speakers and the energy erupted.

People lined the stage area as Dobson, known as Mallory McQueen, took over the room.

Dobson had undergone a wardrobe change from a delicately-adorned black dress to a tight-fitting skirt and cut up shirt.

“Thank God I’m a cute boy, like thank God my mom’s cheek bones are beautiful,” Dobson said after the show. “Because, if not, I wouldn’t look like I do as a woman and wouldn’t have the body I have.”

Dobson said there are few places where inspiration can not be found.

“I like to channel the avant garde, I like to channel edgy, I like to channel the hood,” he said. “I like to channel everything. I did Shania Twain the other day. And of course, Nicki Minaj. Drag is forever evolving. You can never stay comfortable in your drag.”

Dobson is the subject of a short documentary, “Loving Mallory,” shot by WKU graduate Alyssa Orr. The film sheds light on his personal life, focusing on his involvement in the drag scene.

There are four more shows booked at Vino’s in the upcoming months, scheduled for Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 16 and Dec. 7. Currently, admission is $5 for people 21 and up and $10 for anyone underaged.