3(less) Queen Drag Brunch

Well sadly the Three Queen Drag Brunch had to be shelved. I will admit I’m a little disappointed that we had to do this. Odd I know considering how much I complain about Vivian, but for me the Drag Brunch was the area that Vivian really shined. This was the closest everyone else came to seeing the Vivian I see and know is in there. I was positive if the brunch kept going that finally the REAL Vivian would be presented 100 % of the time.

Not really sure what happened. I still feel the Drag Brunch is popular and people want to attend. I do feel part of the problem was needing to make a change to guest paying for their tickets in advance. Even though this change was necessary to allow us to pay for the catering I don’t feel our guests were ready for that change, along with a new venue and a new menu all at once. Maybe we should have gone to paying in advance when the Drag Brunch was at Circus, who knows.

The one thing I do know is this is not the end of the  Drag Brunch, I don’t give up that easily. Especially when I feel something is worth and I feel this is worth it. Not just because Vivian shines but for Columbus Drag as a whole. Month after month I feel this show was introducing individuals to drag that never had the chance before. The audience that attended was completely different than ones that attend late night shows. People were really connecting to Vivian at an hour they enjoyed. So stay tune the Drag Brunch may be shelved for the moment, but you can’t keep that t

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Incognito

Up until recently when ever Jeff and I have been in public people don’t realize he is Vivian. A large of that is because Vivian’s transformation is so severe between how she paints her face, her hip pads, and her corseted mid section. I will in admit in the beginning even I didn’t recognize Jeff in Vivian when I saw pictures of Vivian. That has since change after seeing Jeff transform into Vivian so many times over the last five years.

Well over the last few months that has changed. More and more when are out and meet people for the first time they recognize that Jeff is Vivian. Now this isn’t because Jeff has changed something in his transformation into Vivian. The first couple times neither of us were able to figure why more and more people were recognizing Jeff as Vivian. Then finally some one told us they realized it, the give away was me.

Yes people still don’t recognize Jeff and Vivian but because Mr. Von B is always with Vivian where she is in face or not people are starting to put 2 and 2 together and getting Vivian. This just happened the other night  and I joked on the way home that I may have to start going out in Drag….lol….to keep Vivian’s alter ego incognito. Now we all know that is never going to happened but the thought of it made Vivian giggle.

For me I just find it funny I am recognized which leads to people realizing Jeff is Vivian. I guess there is no more reason for me to stay in the shadows because obviously it isn’t working.

 

 

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Mr. Von B’s first painting

So for the last couple of months I have been taking a painting class taught by my friend Paul Richmond. The first few weeks I just sketched. After those few weeks I decided I needed to start painting especially if I wanted to color my own sketches for Wonder Viv.

Well I can say I finish my first painting. Nothing spectacular but I am happy with it.

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More sketches

Tinker-Bell Viv-Bride

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New Wonder Viv Sketch

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Drag Brunch

The Three Ring Drag Brunch has a new name and venue.

With the closing of Circus The Three Ring Drag Brunch is moving to Wall Street Night Club and will now be known as the Three Queen Drag Brunch. Vivian and I are extremely excited about this next phase of the Drag Brunch.

As much as we will miss Circus we are both happy to have this opportunity to work with the wonderful staff at Wall Street Night Club.

The first Drag Brunch at Wall Street will be Oct 26: it’s the Trio of Terror Edition featuring Vivian along with Hellin’ Bedd and Samantha Rollins.

We have chosen a menu we feel everyone will enjoy. I can’t wait for you all to see what we are doing.

Tickets the brunch can be purchased at Three Queen Drag Brunch Ordering

Oct 26 Brunch

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Dragfestation

So any one familiar with Vivian should know about one year into her existence her wardrobe, hair, shows and everything Drag grew too big for our house and we had to rent an art studio space that we fondly named Wonder Viv Studio. Now some of you may think that since we have a separate space for everything Vivian there would be no infestation of drag or as I like to call Dragfestation of the house. Well I’m here to tell you, you would be WRONG. I swear that there is not a week that goes by that there isn’t some form of Dragfestation of the house. It’s either costumes from a past show or ones for an upcoming show or costumes we recently picked up from KY. Sometimes it’s costumes that something needs laundered or hand washed, or a spot that needs some attention. It may be jewelry that needs cleaned, repaired, etc. I could go on and on with the different Dragfestations that I have experienced. The current Dragfestation looks like Vivian exploded all over the dining room. There are costumes hanging from the French doors separating the living and dinning rooms, wigs on every flat surface she could find. Plus new costumes folded over the dinning room chairs because we forgot hangers and garment bags when picked them up this past Sunday in Kentucky. My favorite item is the show girl head piece on the wig head in the plastic bag to keep it from getting dusty on the extra end table in the dining room. Thankfully Vivian cleaned up the make up from the dining room table before we left to pick up the newest costumes. Now I will admit some of the Dragfestation is my fault because I do not like going to the studio to drop off costumes. Let’s face it takes a lot for Vivian to look good which translate to TONS of stuff to be dropped off. So Vivian does have to wait for me to be “in the mood”. Other times it’s Vivian’s fault because she hasn’t aired out, sprayed with Febreeze and let the pieces dry that were recently worn. Something she does after EVERY performance so her costumes don’t smell. HINT. Then there are honestly other times we are just too busy so the Dragfestation just keeps growing till I finally have enough and we deal with it and wait the onslaught of the next one. Fighting Dragfestations is a ugly job, but one this Drag Husband pledges to conquer.

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YES, Facebook, Drag Queens are REAL!!!!!

As many of you are aware Facebook for reasons unknown to anyone has decided to start enforcing their policy in regards to using only one’s real name for profiles. This decision has affected many entertainers across the country but none more than Drag Queens.
For a Drag Queen their drag name is a real name. The majority have spent years making their name memorable and recognizable. Along with this for most a drag name is not chosen lightly. There are numerous different reasons one chooses the name they use. For some it is because it made them laugh, others it is because it as a meaning to them and some because it honors the person who help them get started in the art form. These are only few reasons every queen has their own.
Some Drag Queens use a separate profile for their drag persona because people close to them don’t know they do drag or maybe they could be fired from their job if it was learned they performed in drag. Even worse some use a separate name for fear they would be kicked out of their house and/or shunned by their family. 

There also some Drag Queens that use a separate profile because it allows them to really immerse themselves in their drag persona. For many queens their drag persona is nothing like their alter ego and that separation is needed. Others just like keeping the two separate because it allows them a chance to escape from the art form from time to time.
So for Facebook to come along and tell these entertainers their name is not real is offensive.
The Von Bs were a victim of this over the weekend. Both Vivian’s profile and mine were “suspended” till we can prove that is who we are. To me the whole issue is ridiculous. Vivian and I have spent the last 5 years making the Von Brokenhymen name not just a name but a brand that represents an image in the drag community and I like to feel we have achieved that. So for Facebook to now say that name is not real is wrong and a huge insult. That name has raised tens of thousands of dollars for different charities over the last five year and brought attention host of different issues. Please explain to me how that is not real.
So YES FACEBOOK DRAG QUEENS ARE REAL!!!!
If you want to stay current with the Von Bs like our new Facebook page: The Von Bs

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Wonder Viv Sketches

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Thank You Vivian

So any regular reader of the Diary knows Vivian and I have a complicated relationship. She brings so much happiness to Jeff and I love Jeff with all my heart so by default I love Vivian. However Vivian the character is a completely different story. She is something that at times can bring me great joy and at other times tons of aggravation.
Now to be fair this aggravation doesn’t stem 100% from Vivian’s spending and time commitment, some of it is tied to world of drag and all of the ins and outs on how to maneuver one’s journey through that world. I can not tell you how many times Vivian and I have had the conversation if we would have known almost 5 years ago what we know now that there was a chance Vivian would have never been created.
This exact conversation came up between Vivian and friend she was having dinner with the other night. If you follow Vivian on Facebook (which you should) you know she posted the following status about that conversation:

“….. I eventually found myself making a comment that I’ve made many times….”Had I known 5 years ago, what I know now regarding the expense of drag as well as the messed up politics, I’d have never started”. Well, I need to retract that statement. Drag has afforded me so many incredible opportunities to meet people that I otherwise never would have. I’ve been able to give back to my community via fundraisers and charitable work….so NO, I would still choose this path. I wouldn’t change a thing about it, the good and the bad, have all shaped who I am as an entertainer and even more so as a person. I’ve made some incredible friendships….how could I ever think for a minute that I could have passed those up? So, nope, I’m quite happy with where I’m at right now. I’ll continue to do this until it’s not fun any longer……”

Now before I continue some of you may want to sit down. Okay I hope you are all sitting down. I have to agree 100%. Does Vivian and all the baggage, which comes with her and drag, get to me from time to time? HELL Yes it does, as stated in the past, that is part of the reason I started the diary. However at the end of the day Vivian has allowed us to meet some amazing people and get involved with some very important causes.

Over the course of the last 5 years, Vivian along with other entertainers has helped raised tens of thousands of dollars for not only local Columbus Ohio causes but national ones as well. This aspect of the art of drag has become quite important to both of us. Any time the Von Bs have the chance to help raise money, awareness or both for an issue that is important to us, you will find us there lending our time and energy.

This year is the perfect example of this. Earlier this year Vivian and I read the story of Michael Morones and it touched both of us deeply because we have both been bullied in the past. So once we learned of our friend, Paul Richmond’s, Art for Michael sponsored by the You Will Rise Project we knew we had to get involved. This spawned the Art + Drag for Michael Show in which we had the honor of having Michael’s mother, Tiffany Morones-Suttle attend and raise over $4000 for Michael’s medical expenses and the Michael Morones Foundation, started in his honor. After this collaboration the Von Bs were asked to join the You Will Rise Project organization which we were both honored to do so and very excited to see what else we can do the raise awareness of bullying.

Vivian also had the tremendous opportunity to host shows at a home bar this year. This has not only allowed Vivian to hone her art form but for the Von Bs to have a platform to raise money each and every month for causes that don’t always receive the attention they should. This is something I am extremely grateful for. I never really understood the attraction to philanthropy until Vivian. I have to say it’s addictive and something I’m very glad I have had to opportunity to become involved with.

Vivian and I both feel there is more to drag than just the entertainment part. Yes that is important but in our humble opinions it should be about giving and having fun first everything else is after that. When we can no longer give back or have fun the Von Bs will gracefully bow out, but until then we will continue to fight to make not only the GLBTQ community better but the world.

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