This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a series of violent demonstrations that shaped the course of LGBTQIA+ rights across America and the world. Here Crystal Rasmussen, author and one of Britain's best-known drag acts, argues why we’re in danger of forgetting its legacy - and who the true heroes really were.
Look up the term ‘Global Phenomenon’ in the dictionary and you will find a picture of Crystal Rasmussen's face. She's beautiful. She's a model. She looks like a block of cheap Edam that's been left out in the sun. In Diary of a Drag Queen, she charts her day-to-day adventures over the course of a year. In this extract, Crystal tells us about her most prized possession: her make-up bag.
Crystal Look up the term ‘Global Phenomenon’ in the dictionary and you will simply find a picture of Crystal's face. She's beautiful. She's a model. She looks like a block of cheap Edam that's been left out in the sun. She's known for always having a cigarette in her mouth, while shouting at people for smoking in her face. She also coined the term ‘money’ and has been living in her overdraft since the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Crystal forms one fifth of DENIM, the drag supergroup, and is adored by fans for her lazy demeanour and her powerful falsetto. Tom Tom Rasmussen is a Northerner based in London. When out of drag, they are a regular contributor to the Independent,Dazed & Confused,i-D, LOVE Magazine and Refinery29. Their work has also been featured in Vice, Broadly, Tank and The Gay Times. In 2018 they were named an LGBT trailblazer by The Dots and one of the voices of now fori-D. Tom also forms half of the radical queer punk band ACM.