Drag artist, community organizer
Jul 6, 2023
Why we’re fascinated: Because no one has ever looked better in high heels and a blue sequined leopard-print suit lip-syncing Beyoncé or Gaga — even Linkin Park — from a revolving swing 20 feet above a stage slick with crisp bills. J uses performance to champion community, organizing Stand Up NYC, an ongoing drag-fueled benefit that raises thousands of dollars to support trans folk while fighting anti-trans and drag legislation. J says she doesn’t care what you call her, just as long as you call her, but with residencies across New York and her own show, “Sylvester,” now at Bushwick’s Purgatory bar, Julie J might be too busy to answer.
— Colin Kirkland