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Kevin Aviance on Reinventing Yourself, Fiercely

Call Me Mother with Shon Faye

12-08-2022 • 27 mins

Shon speaks to New York-based drag artist and DJ, Kevin Aviance.


When Kevin first found himself in Washington D.C.’s nightlife scene during the club kid era, he didn’t expect drag to become his life or to be welcomed into the le-gen-dary ‘House of Aviance’. And he certainly didn’t expect his brief feature in a Madonna music video to catapult him to fame.


If this series is about meeting queer icons, Kevin Aviance is indeed that. His performances epitomise the dance culture of the 1990s and 2000s, when parties lasted all day and night, and dance floors were packed with the cities queer cliques.


His story is also tinged with darkness and is a stark reminder of the threats our community still faces today but, as Kevin shows, you can’t keep a good queen down.


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