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Houston LGBTQ Exhibits

Houston Drag Closet


Shortly after the death of Tony Wadford, a beloved Houston Area drag queen performing as Eartha Quake, Wadford's sister Lynn and his father James gave Judy Reeves many pairs of shoes, various handbags, a small number of clothing items, wigs, and pieces of jewelry. To honor Eartha's legacy within the Houston community as a loving and caring person who was an example to live by, Reeves gave these materials on permanent loan to the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of GLBT History, Inc. to form the "Eartha Quake-Tony Wadford-Queen Kong Perpetual Closet for Desperate Drag Queens."

Via a GCAM loan agreement, people can ‘borrow’ some of the items from the Closet for drag purposes. Since the original collection of Eartha's Closet was very small, people may also donate items to the Closet, although the name of the project will remain the same in order to perpetuate the memory of a loving, caring and energetic fundraiser in the community. Donations allow Eartha's Closet to grow larger and offer more variety. 

Beyond Eartha's Closet, GCAM maintains a drag collection with costumes worn by other notable drag queens, such as Mother Brooks, Rainbo deKlown, Marcia Mink, Lady Victoria Lust, Patrick Vachon and some others. These, however, are permanent clothing collections not available to be worn.

Here you can see some of the items from these two collections arranged for easy viewing.