We had the good fortune of connecting with Maxine LaQueene and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Maxine, why did you pursue a creative career?
Well I’ve actually been a drag entertainer for 9 years! I first started dabbling in the art form in 2013, when I was a Junior in high school. There really wasn’t a specific reason as to why I decided to pursue drag honestly. I was watching RuPaul’s Drag Race with a friend, and told myself “Hey I could do that!” and just kind of dove right into the deep end. Here we are years later, and I can tell you confidently the reason I do drag is to be representation for the trans community. I am a plus sized, trans non-binary, show girl! I’m here as proof that y’all can be successful in anything you put your energies towards.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well Maxine LaQueene first started out as a way for me to express my suppressed femininity. I grew up in a conservative, catholic family you see. I’m the one queer person probably in generations of people. I’m also adopted, so that automatically is a melting pot of mess. I first dabbled in drag starting in high school, and probably around 17 was when I would sneak into local clubs to just perform and be seen by other drag artists. The biggest, and most noticeable, thing that set me apart from everyone else was my height. I’m 6’4 without heels on, so when I enter a room, you’ll definitely see me before anyone else. I used to be so insecure about being so large. I used to want to come across as this petite womanly person, but since transitioning, I’ve come to accept my size and even coined my personal drag catchphrase based on my size: “The Suspiciously Large Trans Woman of Texas”

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There is so much queer art and representation here in Austin. If we’re talking stunts, shows, and shenanigans, I would say y’all need to come see The Big Gay Cabaret every Saturday at Halcyon on 4th Street. It’s the weekly brunch show I host in downtown Austin. I run it alongside an AFAB burlesque entertainer; Adrienne Park, and we’ve been working hard on this show for almost a year now! Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend. We usually get a lot of bachelorette parties, and have been consecutively sold out since New Years every Saturday!

If you want to get away from the city some to support shows, I just started hosting a new show at Outer Heaven on East 12th Street, The vibe of the bar is palpable. It gives off so much old Austin queer vibes. They have a local market happening on the back patio before the show, video game competitions happening up front, and then a drag show right in the middle of the bar! I highly recommend tip toeing around East Austin! To me, it’s becoming the new alternative queer scene in Austin!

If y’all want to do some outdoor adventuring, I highly recommend taking a little trip west of downtown to Mount Bonnell. It’s a beautiful trail that leads up to this lookout point where you can see the rest of Austin below, and what I like to call the “rich people” area across the river! I’ve been many times around sunset and it is just beautiful to witness.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I give credit to every single person who has come to see one of my shows. It sounds cliché and I’m totally fine with it! I wouldn’t be here without the support of every audience member, show cast entertainer, and friend who’ve made the time to support my shows. I wouldn’t even have the platform to host shows without the support of the queer community. That’s what pushes me to further my art form.

Website: https://linktr.ee/MaxineLaQueene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theonlymaxine/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/queenemaxine

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maxim.herndon

Image Credits
These are going to be credited to their Instagram usernames. Easiest way to find them @manuel89tx @thedragbook @gettyentertainemnt @rickkern @roncartist

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