Drag Queen Profile: Fatsy Cline
Where are you originally from? How did you end up in New Orleans?
I fell from heaven and landed in southern Mississippi. Just kidding! I’m originally from Las Vegas but we moved to Mississippi when I was in the second grade so the South is all I’ve ever really known. Growing up, New Orleans was the big bad city an hour and a half away but I fell in love with all the stories I had heard about it. When I finished my degree, I landed a job here in the Big Easy and the rest is history!
How long have you been doing drag?
I have been doing drag for a little over six years. I was asked to do a drag number for a fundraiser for the Krewe of Armeinius and asked for some help from one of the local entertainers, Kitty d’Litter. She asked, “Well is this a one time thing or do you wanna see how far you can go?” I think we know how the story goes…
How did you select your drag name?
My grandfather’s favorite country singer is Patsy Cline. I was sitting on my toilet one night and the name came to me. I immediately did a search on social media to see if anyone had the name and found nothing so bada bing! I love a campy drag name and everyone always chuckles when I introduce myself.
Did you have a drag mother?
I get a lot of inspiration from a bevy of drag queens: male actresses like Charles Pierce and Craig Russell, gay cultural icons like Juanita MORE! from San Francisco, pageant queens like Dena Cass and the late Erica Andrews, and local legends Regina Adams, Rita Roth and Lisa Beaumann. But I get to claim Dominique Delorean, the First Lady of Oz, as my drag mother. She’s precious and I love her to pieces.
Do you hold any titles? If so, which ones?
I got a few titles under my belt: I am a former Miss Louisiana Leatherette , GAA Kinkster of the Year, three time Bourbon Street Award winner for Best Drag and most recently Queen Armeinius LII.
What is your most embarrassing moment performing? Proudest moment performing?
I don’t get embarrassed when I’m in drag. I’m 7 foot tall and lip sync to a group of drunks–the jokes write themselves. As far as the proudest I’ve ever been while performing is getting to see my Mom watch me be crowned Queen Armeinius. I will never forget it as long as I live.
What is your favorite venue at which to perform?
My favorite place to perform is my home bar, the world famous Oz on Bourbon Street.
How does your drag persona differ from your non-drag persona?
There isn’t a real difference between my drag persona and my boy persona. I’m just a little louder and a little raunchier when I put cosmetics on my face.
If you could change one thing about the drag scene in New Orleans, what would it be?
If I could change one thing about the drag scene in New Orleans, it would be the mentality that certain “scenes” have regarding drag in our city. Every single performer has so much to give to our art form. It doesn’t matter what side of St. Claude you do drag in, people love to see what New Orleans drag has to offer!
Your zodiac sign?
I’m an Aries, baby!