The Holy Wigs - Jerusalem Drag Queens

Collection with 20 media items created by giulianocamarda

Iraq 11 Jan 2010 11:00

The Mikveh is one of the only gay bars in Jerusalem, where Orthodox Jews, Arabs, Palestinians and the LGBT community find a refuge without ethnic distinction and gender prejudices. Here they are free to express themselves for what they are. The drag queens are the principal characters of the place. Every Monday night, for a few hours, they make the audience forget all that is outside of this small club. In these last years, in West Jerusalem, a few steps from Jaffa Street and the old town, they have become a real tradition. Audience members come to watch renowned queens such as "Diva D,". Some attendees haven't missed a show for years. During past administrations, when the club was called "Shushan," the establishment underwent several firing attacks and threats to the owners, but it is a new era of tolerance in Jerusalem.

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jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
12 Jan 2010

Tal Kallai, behind the stage of the Mikveh bar in Jerusalem, the only gay bar of the Holy City. Every Monday night, Tal performs as a drag queen named "Talula Bonet" in a unique show that collects all kind of audiences. Tal was born in a kibbutz near Beer Sheva and moved to Tel Aviv to follow his dream of becoming a star. He works also as an actor for theatre shows and television.

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Holy Wigs 19
jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
19 Jan 2010

Dan Yair (Diva D) chatting outside the Mikveh Bar in Jerusalem during a break. He's the oldest among them (40), and is considered the pioneer of drag queens in Jerusalem. He lives in Tel Aviv together with Lior (Kiara Duple) and two red-haired cats. In their apartment, there is the drag room that the two artists share, with more than 600 wigs, hundreds of clothes, shoes and makeup.

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Holy Wigs 18
jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
20 Mar 2012

Gil Naveh (Galina Por de Bra) speaking with a guest at the Mikveh Bar in Jerusalem.

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jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
13 Mar 2012

Dan Yair, 40, performing at the Mikveh bar as Diva D. He's the oldest among them, he is still studying English literature at the University of Jerusalem. in particular on the Shakespearean female characters played by men dressed as women.

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jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
13 Mar 2012

Gil Naveh performing as drag queen named "Galin Por de Bra" at the Mikveh bar in Jerusalem.

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jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
20 Mar 2012

A guest recieving a neck massage from Dan Yair (Diva D) during a break at the Mikveh bar in Jerusalem.

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jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
20 Mar 2012

Dan Yair (Diva D) flirting with a guest during a break at the Mikveh bar in Jerusalem. He's the oldest among them (40), he is still studying English literature at the University of Jerusalem. in particular on the Shakespearean female characters played by men dressed as women.

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Holy Wigs 13
jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
27 Mar 2012

Lior Cohen (Kiara Duple), during a break at the Mikveh Bar in Jerusalem. He works as a makeup artist and disc jockey. He comes from a religious family and his past has been quite difficult, both inside and outside the home. His mom Eti was angry when he discovered that his son was gay, but now supports and is proud of him.

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Holy Wigs 12
jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
27 Mar 2012

Detail of the dressing room in the backstage of the Mikveh bar, where the drag queens set up before the performance.

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jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
19 Jan 2010

Audience watching the monday night drag queen show at the Mikveh Bar, the only gay bar in Jerusalem

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jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
20 Mar 2012

Dan Yair (Diva D) and Gil Naveh (Galina Por de Bra) dressing up in the backstage of the Mikveh Bar in Jerusalem, before the Monday night performance.

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jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
27 Mar 2012

Tal Kallai, performing at the Mikveh Bar in Jerusalem, the only gay bar of the Holy City. Every Monday night, Tal performs as a drag queen named "Talula Bonet" in a unique show that collects all kinds of audiences: Orthodox Jews, Palestinians, lesbians, gays, transgenders all together. Tal was born in a kibbutz ner Beer Sheva and moved to Tel Aviv to follow his dream of becoming a star. He works also as an actor for theatre shows and television.

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jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
27 Mar 2012

Tal Kallai (Talula Bonet) and Lior Cohen (Kiara Duple) dressing up in the backstage of the Mikveh bar before the Monday night performance.

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Holy Wigs 07
jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
12 Jan 2010

Ithai Eshkol (Bella to Dye For) watching a performance at the Mikveh Bar in Jerusalem. Ithai is a former tank commander in the Israeli Army. In the night Ithai becomes "Bella to Dye for," one of the most famous drag queens of the Holy city.

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jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
27 Mar 2012

Tal Kallai, performing at the Mikveh bar in Jerusalem, the only gay bar of the Holy City.

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jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
12 Jan 2010

Tal Kallai outside the Mikveh bar in Jerusalem, the only gay bar of the Holy City.

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jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
13 Mar 2012

Dani, 40, performing at the Mikveh bar as Diva D. He's the oldest among them, and still studying English literature at the University of Jerusalem.

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Jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
12 Jan 2010

Tal Kallai, chatting with an Orthodox Jew outside the Mikveh bar in Jerusalem, the only gay bar of the Holy city. Every monday night Tal performs as a drag queen named "Talula Bonet" in a unique show that attracts a diverse audience.

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Holy Wigs 02
Jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
27 Mar 2012

Lior Cohen, 25, during a performance at the Mikveh as a drag queen bar nicknamed "Kiara Duple." He works as a makeup artist and disc jockey.

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Holy Wigs 01
Jerusalem, Israel
By giulianocamarda
12 Jan 2010

A family of ultra-Orthodox Jews pass in front of the entrance to the Mikveh bar, the only gay bar in Jerusalem.