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God save the Queen

If Diamond Lil is the grand dame of Atlanta drag, why can't she get a steady gig?



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"Honestly, it's the same disappointment I felt in 1982 -- trying to get gigs lined up at clubs," she says. "I just get worn out from all the drumming up."

Worn out to the point of retiring? Not just yet, she says. Performing gives her something to focus on, and it's a lot more engaging than running an antiques shop.

"It's like Pavlova said: 'It's a sin and crime to have talent and not give it to the public,'" Diamond tells me. "Do you know who Anna Pavlova was?"

Sadly, I don't.

"Is she famous?" I ask.

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