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Panti Bliss

He’s riled up right wing Catholics, been celebrated by Madonna and even remixed by the Pet Shop Boys. Hot on his stiletto heels of becoming a YouTube sensation, GT finds out why Ireland’s Panti Bliss is rewriting all the rules when it comes to what a drag queen is capable of

First printed in GT May 2014

I t took Panti Bliss just ten minutes and 48 seconds to become a household name. Panti – or Ireland’s Rory O’Neill when he’s not wearing a dress – walked on stage at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin on 1 February and gave one of the most empowering gay rights speeches in recent memory.

Luckily, it was filmed and uploaded to YouTube, where it’s since been watched by more than half a million people, and applauded by everyone from Stephen Fry to RuPaul. If you haven’t seen it yet – what’re you waiting for?

“If I’d have known that many people were going to see it, I’d have brushed my fucking hair,” laughs Panti, as we catch up with him at his aptly named Pantibar in Dublin.

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Category is Spring – and the library is open! The new issue of Shade Dragazine is filled with your favourite drag stars from all over the world – including Eurovision 2014 queen Conchita, in a new interview especially for Shade! Also giving us an exclusive is winner of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 4, Sharon Needles. Drag royalty, Lady Bunny, spills the T, plus we catch up with Panti Bliss, Latrice Royale, Courtney Act and Adore Delano. We chat to RuPaul about her music back catalogue – available on iTunes, of course. Summer's coming - get some Shade!