Drag Queens Take Over Bingo

Bingo doesn't know what hit it
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2007 1:10 PM CDT
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(Newser) Time documents the rise of drag queen bingo, the revolution that added trannies to grannies to make church basements a little more fabulous. It began in Seattle in the early '90s, when Judy Werle hatched a bingo AIDS fundraiser. "We decided to liven it up in the way that only gay men can." It's since become a national obsession.

Though it's grown more commercial over time, the most fabulous games are still fundraisers, like a huge North Carolina AIDS event hosted by drag muse Tammy Faye Bakker. "Talk about surreal," says an organizer of the evening. "I was standing on stage with Tammy Faye Bakker and 12 drag queens."