L.A.’s gay nightlife is about to get less weird. On August 2, Queen Kong will close its coffin doors. The Friday night party, hosted by iconic goth drag duo the Boulet Brothers at DTLA’s Precinct, offered a queer counter cultural alternative to West Hollywood’s mainstream nightlife and spearheaded an LGBT presence in downtown Los Angeles.
According to a statement posted on their Facebook page, the Boulets decided to shutter the weekly event in order to focus on Dragula, their horror-themed drag competition series:
“Queen Kong has done her job. As the undisputed queen of DTLA, she has nurtured you, suckled you at her hairy [teat], wrapped you in her giant biceps, and helped you be the proud queer you are today. She has provided you with countless hookups, many great nights out and (more importantly) she has taught you how to be a true fahgott and an amazing drag performer.
As many of you know, the third season of our tv show The Boulet Brothers Dragula will be premiering in August. Due to the all encompassing nature of what is coming for our team, On Friday August 2, Queen Kong will be closing her doors at the Queen Kong 4 Year Anniversary and Grand Finale.”
While Queen Kong may not be long for this world, its spirit will live on in the myriad local queer parties it continues to influence to this day.
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