Diary of a Drag Queen
By Daniel Harris
(Da Capo Press, Paperback, 9780786715169, 280pp.)
Publication Date: June 2005
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The sudden break-up with his long-term partner along with the untimely death of a close friend sent cultural critic Daniel Harrisa top gay journalist whose literary and cultural criticism has been praised by Janet Malcolm, Alexander Cockburn, Dale Peck, and Gary Indianainto a deep depression. Complicating matters was his accompanying mid-life crisis, which entailed facing up to the harsh realitiesand daunting challengesof an aging gay man finding a new partner in today's youth-worshipping gay world. Then Harris discovered for the first time dozens of men of all ages and sizes online shopping for sex partners in cyberspace. But he soon found that more than just gay men trolled gay sex sites; plenty of "straight" guys sought male sex buddies online, too, but often with one proviso: their male partners had to dress in women's clothing. Although Harris had never before done drag and had no prior interest in women's accessories, he set to work learning the ropes of cross-dressing once easy access to this pool of handsome, desirable and frequently off-limit men was made available to him. Diary of a Drag Queen is a revealing, comic, and sexually charged chronicle of hundreds of one-night stands in high heels.
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