Coming Out as a Queen: Introducing Poison Oakland

by Emiliano Villa
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Coming Out as a Queen: Introducing Poison Oakland

by Emiliano Villa
Also Featured on KCBS
10.15.18
Emiliano Villa, pictured out of and in drag, 2018.
10.15.18

On the surface, I was a shy boy. I played alone with my sisters’ dolls, and spent hours binge watching Clueless. But behind closed doors, I really let my girliness shine.

In the closet, I blasted Britney Spears and dolled myself up in my mom’s flowered hats and high heels and put on a show. While I dreamt of being a performer, I didn’t think boys could have these glittery fantasies, so I kept my passions hidden.

When I was 15 years old, I discovered RuPaul’s Drag Race online, and it was like a firework went off in me. I saw these queens being confident, free, and living out their flowered-hat, high-heeled truths. They oozed confidence the way I wanted to.

They told stories about being weird kids imitating pop stars just like me. I realized then I could take my dress-up games and turn them into art.

Since I started doing drag this summer, I can now rock a skirt suit like Cher and dance my heart out like Britney. Because of them, I could finally let my inner queen out. Her name is Poison Oakland, and she’s still me, but fiercer.

Follow Poison on Instagram, @poison.oakland.

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