Queer Family, Love and Community in “Queen of the Capital”

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“Queen of the Capital,” a new documentary from director Josh Davidsburg, reveals a colorful queer community in the heart of the nation’s capital.

The documentary follows drag queen Muffy Blake Stephyns on her quest to be crowned Empress of the Imperial Court of Washington, D.C.

By day, Muffy is Daniel Hays, a legislative analyst in the U.S. Department of Labor. But at night, she dons one of her enormous signature wigs—”The higher the hair, the closer to God!” she says—to raise money for charity. The documentary follows Muffy for a year as she campaigns to become Empress. 

Muffy is part of the magical world of the Imperial Court, a nonprofit focused on fundraising where drag queens, kings, performers of all types and other members of the LGBTQ community gather. At first glance, the court appears…

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