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Subject: Darcelle XV Hangs Up the Feather Boa

Written By: LyricBoy on 03/24/23 at 1:03 pm

Darcell XV (real name, Walter W. Cole), certified by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest drag queen 🤴, has passed away at the age of 92, in Portland Oregon.

Darcell/Walter started out as a straight guy, but in 1969 he left his wife and converted to gay. In 2016, Guinness certified him as the oldest living drag queen.

From his Wikipedia page:

Darcelle XV Showplace has hosted the longest-running drag show on the West Coast. In Kelly Clarke's review of Cole's memoir, she described him as "an energetic businessman whose desire for a life less ordinary catapulted him from a job at Fred Meyer to become the proprietor of a counterculture coffee shop, an after-hours jazz club, a rough-'n'-ready 'dyke bar' and, finally, a nationally known drag revue, without ever leaving Portland."

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