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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 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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The Holy Wigs - Jerusalem Drag Queens
jerusalem
By giulianocamarda
11 Jan 2010

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.