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NOTICE: When I wrote, recorded, and filmed this song, it was not yet understood by the mainstream gay and drag culture that some transgender people find the slang word “tr—y” to be deeply offensive. I have debated deleting the song/video, but was convinced not to do so after much discussion with friends (for transparency: transgender and cisgender) that led me to arrive at the conclusion that the song is of its time, inoffensive in context*, and that it could allow for discussion. Despite this, I did decide to rewrite the lyric for all future performances of the song and for the musical. I absolutely stand for the rights and protections of transgender people. There may come a time when I realize the song and video should be taken down. This dialogue is very welcome.  –John

*I want to acknowledge that my being cisgender gives me zero say in what is and isn’t transphobic.

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“Vampire Drag Queen”

In the fall of 2009, I got the idea of mashing up two popular things: vampires and drag queens. I wrote the song and quickly put together a plan to release it on iTunes and film a fun music video for YouTube. The video and a making of video are below.

Song available on iTunes and more!
iTunes
CD Baby
Amazon

Warning: This video contains a strobe effect.

Directed by
Mark Eugene Garcia

“Vampire Drag Queen”
music & lyrics by
John Raymond Barker

VDQs
John Raymond Barker
Mary Fordeaux
Nkrumah Gatling

Hunk
Pau Masó

Conservatives
Jason Barker
Molly Moore Lehmann

Partiers
Jason Barker
TJ D’Angelo
Molly Moore Lehmann
Larry Scheraldi

Produced and Edited by
John Raymond Barker

Assistant Director
Rodrigo Bolaños

Costume Design
Jared R. Pike

Song Mastering
Matt Rocker

Special Thanks
DeeAnna Smith

Filmed on location in NYC
at The Skin Spa (SoHo)

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