Drag Queen to Get Her Own Drag

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San Francisco, quite possibly the gayest place on the planet, despite all its glitter, lacks one serious feather in its pink cap: There’s not a single street in the city named after a gay man. That’s soon to change, and they’re naming a street after a drag queen: the city’s beloved Jose Sarria!

Now, a gay San Francisco supervisor wants to honor the 82-year-old Sarria by naming a section of a street after the longtime gay rights champion and fundraiser, who also started the Imperial Court System, a social and philanthropy group regarded as the Gay Shriners. Sarria now lives in Cathedral City near Palm Springs.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote today on a proposal by Supervisor Bevan Dufty to designate one block of 16th Street as Jose Sarria Place. Dufty’s measure, which is expected to pass, would make Sarria the first gay man here to have a street named after him.

We just hope the street’s Christmas decorations match the man its named after: We’re thinking lots of bells, balls, and bows.

S.F. May Name Street for Groundbreaker in Drag [LA Times]