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‘Drag Race’ alums Jinkx, DeLa brings vacation show to Austin, Alamo Drafthouse

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Drag superstars Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme are returning to stages across the country for the holiday season – and they hope it helps the LGBTQ+ community find a bit of itself in holiday fare .

On Sunday, two teammates of the international televised juggling game “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, will bring “”Return of Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Show“Go to the Paramount Theater in downtown Austin for a sold-out show.

But while other things tickets sold out, Austin area fans can still check out a new ticket and distinctive exhibit – at Austin’s own Alamo Drafthouse! More on that below.

Especially described as “A tale of two queens who set out to create a classic Christmas TV variety show, but couldn’t agree on how.” But the queens also said that the show will hopefully serve a larger purpose this time of year than just providing laughter.

A special still-holiday performance by Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme (Photo by Andrew AB)

“Our mission statement has always been to give people in the gay community a sense of belonging and a sense of family connection with a larger network of people at this time of year when exercising. focus a lot on family and being together and around a said Monsoon. “Those in line don’t necessarily have access to all of that, regardless of their bloodline or financial situation.”

Hailing from misty Seattle, Jinkx Monsoon will go on to win the American Next Drag Superstar in the 4th season of “Drag Race” in 2013. Known for its theatrical and classic Hollywood aesthetic, elegant yet casual style. No less Jinkx’s personality has cemented her as a perennial standout among the contestants.

BenDeLaCreme, or “DeLa,” as she puts it, is known for being “incredibly fun.” The cheerful and charming performer from Seattle made her “Drag Race” debut on the show’s sixth season in 2014, where she won Miss Congeniality. She then made a splash in the third season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars”, where, in a much-talked-about twist, she went home on her own.

Both queens created, wrote and starred in the show: there was singing, dancing and acting. DeLa also directs and produces. Both girls perform around the country during the regular (pandemic) year and have appeared in various television and film venues. But their holiday program holds a special place for both ladies.

While Jinkx says her favorite holiday celebration is going to her grandmother’s house on Christmas Eve – “the only time of year we all come together and play family in ‘Hallmark'” – DeLa said that she doesn’t really have a holiday that loves memories.

“I didn’t like the holidays when I was growing up,” she said. “My character in the movie is very, very pro-holiday. She has an attachment to some mystical childhood she had but that is not my experience. I felt so alienated and like I had to go back home and be with a family that didn’t really have me and I didn’t have them either. And so I started creating holiday content about 14 years ago, and a big part of that is really I want a place to go I I can be surrounded by people who share my values ​​and who I feel loved and connected to. “

While the season brings a lot of stressors for most people, for LGBTQ+ people, staying home during the holidays can trigger a myriad of anxiety and depression related to whether they have welcome or not.

Whether it’s family members who don’t accept their identities, pronouns, or significant others, gay people can feel unwelcome to festivals or as if they can’t. be themselves if they attend.

“While the experience varies from person to person, most of my LGBTQ and non-binary identity clients report similar feelings of stress and anxiety over the holiday season,” says Dr. Logan Jones, head of NYC Therapy and Wellness said: NBC News. “Common struggles range from anxiety and depression to feelings of rejection in order to freely express who they really are. For these clients, going home for the holidays is not always a happy time but a painful reminder of their family’s moments of ‘difference’. “

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Many in the LGBTQ+ community may find more solace in being around friends or specific family members — their “chosen family.”

Jinkx and DeLa say they are seeing their particularity become popular in the gay community, as friends gather to watch together and carve out their own family traditions.

“We created the show to feel like coming home,” says Jinkx.

Special for Jinkx and DeLa’s holidayIt will screen at Alamo Drafthouse, Austin’s hometown, where it will air December 8, 13, and 15 at South Lamar and Lakeline locations. The Queens emphasize the film is not a recording of the live show, but a brand new holiday special similar to a classic TV special.

You can check out the movie above.

For more information, visit Special for Jinkx & DeLa holidays website.

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DUSTIN JONES

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