Dorothy Male is a drag queen quite new to the Groningen circuit, although she has (too many?) years of experience under her belt. She loves to natter with drag queens and has a soft spot for those just starting out.
Find out more about her below.
"In the world of Dorothy's drag is not about the most expensive wig, who has the best make up or who is the queen bitch, it's about demonstrating a form of performance art with a respected history. It's important that drag continues to bring the community together."
As a fresh-faced youth, Andy (Dorothy Male) burst onto the drag scene in the North of England (circa 1905, ahem) working in drag showbar's and trolling/trolloping/slutting (take your pick) around the country. Then London called and he hot-footed it South… After a stint at a fast food joint, then finding himself somehow living in a porn house (yes the landlord shot gay porn!) and many late nights, he fell in love with Waynne – they were married in Richmond Park a few years later.
Then followed a period of traveling around the world – encompassing Europe, the US and Caribbean, Australia and South-east Asia. He qualified to be a Master diving instructor and conservationist in Thailand – one of the most mind-blowing experiences of his life. “Seeing the natural world in its native state was humbling”, he says. “Especially when you are in the middle of the ocean looking at a shoal of hammerhead sharks!” This gave Andy the inspiration to volunteer for Sea Shepherd conservation later in Amsterdam.
The couple moved to the Netherlands and set about making a new life – in and around Amsterdam. Andy turned out to be more unique and was diagnosed with Bipolar and had to work through some trying and scary times to get in control of that. With the help of some great mental health professionals
(and meds!) he became stable. “Looking back on this period of my life has obviously given me an empathy for those going through similar difficult times”, he says. 'Mental health is a major issue and should not be something people ignore, it takes understanding, and sometimes just a shoulder for someone to lean on for a little while"
Now Andy uses the experiences and skills he has gained on his life’s journey so far to inform his decisions. He has been a worked in both Amsterdam and Groningen with homeless people, and drug users, whilst spending many a (late) hour mediating and managing social discussion boards and expat groups in Amsterdam and Groningen. Through these he was able to help all sorts of people, including many expats, with all kinds of problems.
Andy now called "Dorothy" has now reignited her love of drag, being in and around the drag scene in Groningen for the past year and a half. After meeting Mama Scandal who filled her with encouragement, Dorothy has built up her stage craft (and wardrobe) again and is now poised to make her mark on the community.
Fast-forward to now – July 2022. Andy & Waynne launch the newly named Dorothy’s Drag Bar!
“It’s important to me & Waynne Dorothy’s bar be somewhere that everyone feels welcome, no matter who they love” he says. “We want people to be who they are in a safe space. If there’s one thing I have learnt through my life is that understanding and empathy are crucial elements of life. No-one is an island – and no one should be treated as such.”
Everyone one around the world no matter who they are can look up and see they are under a rainbow, and get enjoyment.
To that end, Dorothy’s also encourages all up and coming drag queens to take part, either on stage or off it. Anyone wanting a spot on the stage can contact Dorothy for a chat, and to arrange a spot for you - Remember to include your contact details.